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Buccaneers QB Ryan Griffin spent two seasons in New Orleans

Tampa Bay WR Russell Shepard played at Louisiana State University...Saints Head Coach Sean Payton and Tampa Bay Offensive Line Coach George Warhop served on the same offensive coaching staff with the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-04...Buccaneers QB Ryan Griffin was a four-year starter at Tulane from 2009-12 and originally signed as an undrafted free agent with New Orleans in 2013, spending two seasons with the club before being waived at the end of the 2015 preseason. New Orleans QB Luke McCown played for Tampa Bay Head Coach Dirk Koetter when he served as offensive coordinator in Atlanta in 2012 and Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith when he was Falcons head coach that season. McCown, Tampa Bay CB Brent Grimes, C Joe Hawley and RBJacquizz Rodgers were also teammates in Atlanta that season. McCown and Buccaneers LBDaryl Smith were teammates in Jacksonville from 2008-11. Grimes and Saints FB John Kuhn were teammates at Shippensburg (Pa.). New Orleans LB Dannell Ellerbe and Grimes were teammates in Miami in 2013, while Kuhn and Tampa Bay C Evan Smith were teammates in Green Bay from 2009- 13...New Orleans CBSterling Moore played for Tampa Bay in 2015...Tampa Bay TE Cameron Brate spent one week of the 2015 season on the New Orleans practice squad...Saints director/player development Fred McAfee played for Tampa Bay in 1999, where he was a teammate of Buccaneers Director of Football Operations Shelton Quarles...Tampa Bay college scout Tony Kinkela served as director/football operations at Tulane University from 2006-08...New Orleans Assistant Special Teams Coach Kevin O'Dea first served on the Buccaneers staff from 1996-2001 and then served as special teams coordinator in Tampa Bay from 2014-15...New Orleans LB Sam Barrington played at the University of South Florida…Buccaneers LB Kwon Alexander played at LSU from 2012-14...New Orleans LB Stephone Anthony and Tampa Bay WR Adam Humphries were college teammates at Clemson...Saints CB De'Vante Harris and Buccaneers WRMike Evans were college teammates at Texas A&M in 2013...New Orleans DE Cameron Jordan, Tampa Bay P Bryan Anger and S Chris Conte were teammates at the University of California...Saints WRBrandon Coleman and Buccaneers TE/LS Andrew DePaola were teammates at Rutgers...Buccaneers Special Teams Coordinator Nate Kazcor served as an assistant coach on the offensive side of the ball at Louisiana-Monroe from 2006-07 and also served on the same Idaho coaching staff with Saints Running Backs Coach Joel Thomas from 2004-05...Saints QB Drew Brees and Buccaneers Assistant Special Teams Coach Carlos Polk were teammates with the San Diego Chargers from 2001-05...Tampa Bay C Josh Allen played at Louisiana-Monroe and also was a teammate with New Orleans S Chris Banjo on the Green Bay practice squad at the start of the 2014 season...New Orleans DTNick Fairley and Tampa Bay T Gosder Cherilus were teammates with the Detroit Lions from 2011-12. New Orleans TE Coby Fleener and Cherilus were teammates in Indianapolis from 2014-15...Tampa Bay T Demar Dotson is an Alexandria native who played at Southern Mississippi...New Orleans DE Paul Kruger, LB Craig Robertson and Tampa Bay DE John Hughes were teammates with the Cleveland Browns...New Orleans C Max Unger and Tampa Bay DT Clinton McDonald were teammates in Seattle from 2011-13...Tampa Bay Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers CoachTodd Monken served on the Louisiana Tech Staff in 2000, served as passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach at LSU from 2005- 06 and served as Head Coach at Southern Mississippi from 2013-15.Saints Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen tutored Buccaneers TE Brandon Myers when he served as head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2012...New Orleans S Vonn Bell, WR Michael Thomas and Tampa Bay DE Noah Spence were college teammates at Ohio State...Tampa Bay Defensive Backs Coach Brett Maxie played with New Orleans from 1985-93 and also served on Atlanta staffs with Allen, Defensive Line CoachBill Johnson and Quarterbacks Coach Joe Lombardi...Buccaneers Assistant Defensive Line Coach Paul Spicer was a member of New Orleans' Super Bowl XLIV Championship team in 2009.

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