TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Storm has acquired defensive back Al Phillips, announced Storm vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch.
“Al is the type of veteran player the Storm looks for,” said Gooch. “He played at a high level on one of the top defensive teams in 2014 and we feel his skill set will fit well into what we’re trying to build in Tampa.”
Phillips (5-foot-11, 190 lbs., Wagner) enters his fifth year in the Arena Football League. The Hialeah, FL native joins the Storm after spending the 2014 season with the Pittsburgh Power. Phillips started in 8-of-16 games for the Power, leading the team with 87.5 total tackles. He was also ranked third on the team with 16 pass breakups and corralled five interceptions.
Phillips began his professional career in 2010 with the Spokane Shock. He would split the 2010 season with the Shock and the Milwaukee Iron. He also played three seasons (2011-13) with the Utah Blaze. For his career, Phillips has recorded 283.5 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 47 pass breakups, 11 interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
The team reassigned rookie defensive back Nick Addison.