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Alex Okafor visiting Bucs on Thursday

Detroit Lions v New Orleans Saints

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 15: Alex Okafor #57 of the New Orleans Saints forces a fumble on Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 15, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

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Defensive end Alex Okafor will visit the Buccaneers on Thursday, reports.

Okafor, 27, has ties to Bucs General Manager Jason Licht and defensive line coach Brentson Buckner. Licht was in Arizona when the Cardinals used a fourth-round pick on him in 2013, and Buckner was an assistant coach in Arizona for Okafor’s first four seasons.

Okafor had a career best eight sacks in 2014. He has 18 the past four seasons after playing only one game as a rookie.

He spent last season in New Orleans, where he made 4.5 sacks in 10 games before an Achilles tear.