The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed defensive end Ronald Talley Jr. after having him in for a tryout during this week's mini-camp. The 28-year-old entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2009, spending two seasons on the Green Bay Packers' practice squad, and has been a backup and special teamer for the Arizona Cardinals for the past three years. Jason Licht presumably knows Talley from his time in Arizona, too.
Talley has one career sack in one career start, and has appeared in 15 games in total. Amusingly, that one sack came against Matt Ryan in 2012. At 6'2", 282 lbs. he has the size to potentially play defensive tackle, which is reinforced by the fact that he played in a 3-4 scheme in Arizona. Still, he has a long way to go to make the roster, and is a long shot to be anything more than some camp competititon.
To make room for Talley the Buccaneers released wide receiver Aaron Burks, an undrafted rookie out of Boise State, and defensive tackle Everett Dawkins, a second-year player out of Florida State. The careful reader will note that this leaves the Bucs with one more roster spot, but with no offseason workouts over the next couple of weeks, they have plenty of time to make a considered move. The Bucs' total tally of roster moves comes in at 73 now.
The Buccaneers will have a few weeks off before heading to training camp in July, where the real competition will start.