After signing their entire practice squad to futures contracts, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have locked up two more players for this offseason: tight end Zach Miller and longsnapper Andrew DePaola.
The tight end position has been a concern for the Bucs for several years now, as they've lacked a versatile player who can both run-block and be productive as a receiver. Luke Stocker was the team's main blocker this season, even though Nate Byham appeared to be a better blocker. Dallas Clark acted as the team's primary receiving tight end, but he lacks power as a blocker and isn't nearly as explosive as he used to be. So, in comes Zach Miller, a 2009 sixth-round draft pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He caught 45 passes for 470 yards over two-and-a-half years of play for the Jaguars. He'll get a chance to challenge for a roster spot with the Bucs now.
As for the longsnapper, he could be a keeper. Generally, teams don't need an extra longsnapper to conduct practices, but they did carry both DePaola and current longsnapper Andrew Economos during last preseason. But Andrew Economos is not currently under contract, and if the Buccaneers do not re-sign him they could have his replacement in-house with DePaola.