Tampa Bay Buccaneers Undrafted Free Agents: Tracking the Latest Signings

Knox Bardeen@knoxbardeenNFC South Lead WriterApril 28, 2013

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Undrafted Free Agents: Tracking the Latest Signings

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added arguably their most important piece of the 2013 NFL draft well before the draft actually kicked off.

    Tampa Bay traded its first-round draft pick prior to the draft in a deal that brought cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers. But that didn’t stop general manager Mark Dominik from adding to his secondary when the second round rolled around.

    Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks was added with pick No. 43, and now Tampa Bay’s secondary—save second-year safety Mark Barron—has a completely new look to the unit that gave up an NFL-high 4,758 passing yards in 2012.

    With NFL rosters expanded to 90 players for the offseason, the six college players drafted over the weekend will be joined by a plethora of undrafted free agents.

    Which players do the Buccaneers have their eyes on? Here’s an undrafted free agent tracker to keep up with the comings and goings of post-draft rookie transactions.

Jheranie Boyd, WR, North Carolina

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invited North Carolina wide receiver Jheranie Boyd to rookie minicamp on a tryout basis and announced Sunday they had signed him to an undrafted free agent contract.

    Boyd caught just four passes last season because he was battling leg injuries, but averaged 19.5 yards per reception during his four years as a Tar Heel. His size (he’s 6’2”) and speed (he ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at his pro day) combination could make him an interesting option for Josh Freeman in training camp later this summer.

    Source: Confirmed by a team release from the Buccaneers

Deveron Carr, CB, Arizona State

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did a great job of bolstering the league’s worst passing defense from 2012 by adding Darrell Revis prior to the draft and Johnthan Banks in the second round.

    After the draft unfolded, general manager Mark Dominik added more depth at cornerback by signing Arizona State corner Deveron Carr to an undrafted free agent contract, according to The Tampa Tribune.

    Carr was a four-year letter winner at ASU and started every game of his final two seasons for the Sun Devils.

    Carr notched one interception last season and had eight pass break ups.

    Source: Confirmed by a team release from the Buccaneers

Evan Landi, TE, South Florida

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    The University of South Florida's athletic department confirmed via Twitter Saturday that tight end Evan Landi signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Landi caught 10 passes last season for UCF and accumulated 73 receptions for 858 yards and three touchdowns during his four years in college.

    The Buccaneers entered the 2013 NFL draft with tight end being a team need and did not fill that need with any of their six picks.

    Source: Confirmed by a team release from the Buccaneers

Ka’Lial Glaud, LB, Rutgers

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invited Rutgers linebacker Ka’Lial Glaud to rookie minicamp on a tryout basis and announced Sunday they had signed him to an undrafted free agent contract.

    Glaud moved from defensive end to linebacker in 2011 and became a full-time starter for Rutgers in 2012. He started all but one game and notched 39 tackles, three sacks and four tackles for loss.

    While he doesn’t have the linebacker experience of most, Glaud’s physical make up (6’2”, 230 pounds) and athleticism could put him in a good spot to make the roster as a strongside linebacker.

    Source: Confirmed by a team release from the Buccaneers

Rashaan Melvin, CB, Northern Illinois

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers bolstered their secondary by adding Northern Illinois cornerback Rashaan Melvin as an undrafted free agent, according to The Tampa Tribune.

    Melvin was a two-year starter of his final years at Northern Illinois and set a single-season record for pass break ups with 17. He intercepted one pass and notched 1.5 tackles for loss.

    Melvin is a 6’2” large specimen and weighs 193 pounds. He ran a 4.46 40-yard at his pro day in March.

    Source: Confirmed by a team release from the Buccaneers

Brice Schwab, OT, Arizona State

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed offensive tackle Brice Schwab to an undrafted free agent contract, according to The Tampa Tribune.

    Schwab started all 13 games for Arizona State during his senior season after sitting out in 2011 to get into better shape (Arizona State Athletic Department).

    Schwab will enter training camp as one of 17 offensive lineman on the roster looking for nine or possibly 10 regular-season spots on the depth chart. After last season’s injury woes to the offensive line the team may carry more-than-usual offensive line depth on the practice squad, which could help guys like.

    Source: Confirmed by a team release from the Buccaneers

Branden Smith, CB, Georgia

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added some serious talent to the secondary during the offseason. The Bucs traded for corner Darrelle Revis and selected cornerback Johnthan Banks with the team's second-round pick.

    That doesn't mean the Bucs aren't looking to add more depth at the cornerback position.

    University of Georgia corner Branden Smith signed an undrafted free agent contract with Tampa Bay on Saturday, the University's Twitter account announced.

    Smith had nine pass break ups last year, starting nine games and playing in 14.

    Source: Confirmed by a team release from the Buccaneers

Nick Speller, OT, Massachusetts

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    Nick Speller is a huge 6’5” 334-pound behemoth who was just signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent, according to The Tampa Tribune.

    Speller started in 30 games at left tackle from 2010 to 2012 at Massachusetts but was forced to miss three during his senior season for academic reasons, according to Boston.com.

    Source: Confirmed by a team release from the Buccaneers

Tim Wright, WR, Rutgers

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    The 6’4” Tim Wright signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to The Tampa Tribune.

    Wright, who played at Rutgers, will be reunited with his former head coach Greg Schiano in Tampa.

    Wright’s height and 220-pound frame make him an excellent target. He caught 39 passes for 449 yards and two touchdowns during the 2012 season for the Scarlet Knights.

    Wright, who was also a team captain, ran the 40-yard dash at his pro day in 4.6 seconds, according to SNYRutgers.

    Source: Confirmed by a team release from the Buccaneers

Jerry Johnson, WR, UCLA

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers concluded their 2013 NFL draft without filling one of their top teams needs, grabbing a wide receiver for Josh Freeman to target on game day.

    Jerry Johnson started 13 games for the UCLA Bruins in 2012 and caught 31 passes for 428 yards and caught one touchdown pass. He’ll enter training camp as an undrafted free agent after signing with Tampa Bay.

    The 6’3” receiver has great height and a strong frame and speed to make an impression.

    Source: Confirmed by a team release from the Buccaneers

Willie Moseley, LB, Buffalo

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    Shortly after the 2013 NFL draft, University of Buffalo head coach Jeff Quinn sent out a tweet congratulating linebacker Willie Moseley for signing an undrafted free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Congrats to Willie Moseley heading to Tampa Bay.  A very proud day to be a Bull!  Buffalo, It doesn't get any better than this! #GoBulls

    In 12 games last season Moseley made 51 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He also picked off a pass and recovered a fumble.

    Moseley is an outside linebacker/pass-rush specialist that may be able to compete to add depth to the Tampa Bay linebacker corps.

    Source: Confirmed by a team release from the Buccaneers

Adam Smith, OG, Western Kentucky

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    The Western Kentucky University Herald broke the news on Twitter that offensive guard Adam Smith had worked out an unrestricted free agent deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    The 6’5” 325 pound offensive guard was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference team twice (in 2011 and 2012) and started all four years seasons while he was in school.

    Western Kentucky utilized a pounding, run-first offense that Smith thrive in. He’ll have the opportunity to bolster the Buccaneers offensive line that had trouble staying healthy in 2012.

    Source: Confirmed by a team release from the Buccaneers

Jason Weaver, OT, Southern Mississippi

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    Not many college athletes receive six years of eligibility to play football, but that’s just what happened to Southern Mississippi offensive tackle Jason Weaver.

    Weaver missed all but three games of Southern Mississippi’s 2010 season after suffering a knee injury and lost a family member and missed another season on bereavement (Mississippi Press-Register).

    The 6’5” 305 pound rock utilized his extra year of eligibility to shore up his skills and proved he could stay healthy. He wasn’t selected in the 2013 NFL draft, but did sign an undrafted free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Source: Confirmed by a team release from the Buccaneers

Jace Daniels, OT, Northern Michigan

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    Northern Michigan offensive tackle Jace Daniels has been signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and offered a try out, according to The Marquette Mining Journal.

    Daniels said the Buccaneers plan to keep him at his natural position of offensive tackle for now, but if that doesn't work, he'll be moved inside to guard or center.

    Leading up to the draft, Daniels said teams were interested in him as a center, a position he had not played since high school.

    After last season’s injury plagued campaign, the Buccaneers will be looking for top-notched talent to serve as positional depth. If Daniels can show he’s worthy of a roster spot, his versatility will be a benefit.

    Update: Daniels, who attended rookie minicamp as a tryout player, was signed to a college free agent contract on May 6, according to a team release from the Buccaneers.

Chris Denton, WR, Mount Union

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added another potential weapon for Josh Freeman to throw to when they signed Mount Union wide receiver Chris Denton to an undrafted free agent contract, as reported by The Tampa Tribune.

    Denton was a D3Football.com first-team All-American (Mount Union Athletic Department) after catching 73 passes last season for 960 yards and six touchdowns.

    The Buccaneers had eight wide receivers on the roster prior to any undrafted free agent signings, and added Denton plus Rutgers receiver Tim Wright to make 10.

    Update: Denton, who attended rookie minicamp as a tryout player, was signed to a college free agent contract on May 6, according to a team release from the Buccaneers.

Waived: D.J. Monroe, WR, Texas

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    Texas running back/wide receiver D.J. Monroe signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being courted by a number of teams following the 2013 NFL draft.

    "I have been getting calls and a lot of invites like Green Bay, Chicago, of course Tampa Bay, and I had Jacksonville," said Monroe in a release from the University of Texas and reported by the Dallas Morning News. "I was sitting down playing with my little girl and got the call from my agent saying that Tampa Bay wants you to come down and be their offensive weapon. I said, 'Man, I am down. I am there.'"

    Monroe caught six passes last season for 39 yards and carried the ball 19 times for 162 yards and scored three touchdowns. For his career Monroe ran the ball 113 times for 826 yards.

    Source: Confirmed by a team release from the Buccaneers

    UPDATE: Monroe was waived on May 6, according to a team release from the Buccaneers.

Waived: Akeem Shavers, RB, Purdue

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    Purdue running back Akeem Shavers didn't even get the chance to announce to the world that he had signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His teammate Robert Marve did it for him via Twitter.

    Shavers replied via Twitter simply with "already let's eat bro!!!" That could have been a hidden message between the two about how hungry they both are to succeed as undrafted free agents in Tampa Bay. Shavers also could have been waiting on Marve to hit the cafeteria for dinner.

    Whatever was going on between Marve and Shavers Saturday, they both will land in Tampa Bay for rookie mini camp.

    Shavers caught 18 passes in 2012 for 370 yards and three touchdowns, and added 920 yards rushing and six touchdowns on 181 carries. 

    Source: Confirmed by a team release from the Buccaneers

    UPDATE: Shavers was waived on May 6, according to a team release from the Buccaneers.

Rumor: Robert Marve, QB, Purdue

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    Purdue quarterback Robert Marve signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday, according to Marve's Twitter account.

    General manager Mark Dominik and head coach Greg Schiano announced (Tampa Bay Times) that they planned on opening up competition at every position in the offseason, quarterback included. The Buccaneers drafted Mike Glennon from N.C. State in the second round of the 2013 draft, but it would seem natural that Marve would also have his shot at the job if Josh Freeman's job is genuinely at risk.

    Marve threw for 1,734 yards in 253 attempts during the 2012 season at Purdue. He tossed 15 touchdown passes and five interceptions.

Rumor: Hubie Graham, TE, Pittsburgh

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers addressed a position of need after the 2013 NFL draft was complete when they signed Pittsburgh tight end Hubie Graham to an undrafted free agent contract, as reported by The Tampa Tribune.

    Because of an injury, graham only played in eight games during his senior season of 2012. He caught just seven passes for 61 yards.

    During the 2011 season Graham caught 28 passes for 325 yards and scored three touchdowns, playing in 13 games.

Rumor: Nick Carlson, OL, Wyoming

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    Wyoming offensive lineman Nick Carlson was signed to an undrafted free agent contract by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the The Tampa Tribune reported.

    Carlson was a four-year starter for the Cowboys and played multiple positions on the line: right guard and center. He’s a versatile player who was a team captain in 2012 and named to the Rimington Trophy Preseason Watch List (Wyoming athletic department).

    Tampa Bay’s offensive line last season was a rolling M.A.S.H. unit with only one starter finishing the season in the same spot he started and three original starters landing on injured reserve. If healthy, Tampa Bay’s offensive can be stout and Carlson will have trouble making the team. But when or if injuries happen, Carlson could find himself in a good position having already gone through camp.

Rumor: Montel Harris, RB, Temple

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Temple running back Montel Harris to an undrafted free agent contract, The Tampa Tribune reported.

    After Doug Martin on the Bucs depth chart, the four other running backs have seen little NFL success.

    Harris could find himself in a situation to easily make Tampa Bay’s regular season roster is he shows off in training camp.

    Harris ran for 1,054 yards on 186 carried last year for Temple and scored 12 touchdowns.

Rumor: Jeremy Lewis, OL, Miami

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    Jeremy Lewis made the switch from defensive tackle during his first two years at Miami to offensive line for his final two seasons. Now he’ll make the change from South Florida college football to West Coast Florida professional football.

    According to The Tampa Tribune, Lewis signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday.

    In two seasons on offense in Miami Lewis played in just 10 games but was considered a team leader.

    “He’s not afraid to hold his teammates accountable, and I’m really proud of him,” Miami coach Al Golden told the Miami Herald. “Jeremy Lewis has made tremendous progress as a player and a leader. I wish we had another year with him.”

Rumor: Orwin Smith, RB, Georgia Tech

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    The running back position is wide open after second-year pro Doug Martin.

    Newly signed undrafted free agent Orwin Smith will be gunning for one of the backup running back spots on the Tampa Bay regular season roster.

    Smith signed with the Buccaneers, according to The Tampa Tribune after his 2012 season with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets where he ran for 718 yards on 78 carries and scored five touchdowns.

Rumor: Taimi Tutogi, FB, Arizona

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    Arizona fullback Taimi Tutogi was signed to an undrafted free agent contract by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to The Tampa Tribune.

    Tutogi carried the football 38 times during his four years with the Wildcats and gained 73 yards and scored five touchdowns. He also caught 27 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns.

    During his time at Arizona he played halfback, tight end, fullback and tailback.

Rumor: Tenarius Wright, DE, Arkansas

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    Even though Arkansas defensive end Tenarius Wright missed all but five games of his final season with the Razorbacks, he was signed to an undrafted free agent contract by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to The Tampa Tribune.

    Wright was finally sat down for the season after a nagging shoulder injury limited his numbers all year. In 2012 Wright made 28 tackles in just five games and was a non-factor.

    Wright was moved to linebacker to start the 2012 season, but switched back to defensive end to limit the amount of stress on his shoulder, according to Arkansas News.

    During his career Wright made 123 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and nine sacks.