After signing Mike Kafka earlier this week, the Bucs have added the second and third new Buccaneers of the Lovie Smith era in the form of corner D.J. Moore and offensive lineman-turned-tight end Steve Maneri.
Moore a fourth-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 2009, and though he barely saw the field in his rookie season, he took over the nickel corner role in 2010. As the Bears' third corner, he nabbed ten interceptions over three seasons, also notching up a sack and a forced fumble, as well as having over thirty tackles in each of those three seasons. He was briefly on the Carolina Panthers roster last year, but appeared in just two games before being released in October.
Maneri entered the league as an offensive tackle, signing as a UDFA with the Houston Texans in 2010 before being released after training camp, and was subsequently claimed off of waivers by the New England Patriots. He was on the active roster for three weeks that season, but inactive for each of those three games, before being cut and re-signed to the practice squad.
The following season, after being released by the Patriots after training camp, he was claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs, who set about turning him into a tight end. In two years with the Chiefs he had just six receptions, but started nine games and appeared in nineteen, speaking to his primary role a blocking TE, something the Bucs roster doesn't really have right now. He spent 2013 with the Bears, but was released to make room for Jordan Palmer once Jay Cutler got hurt.
As booth Moore and Maneri were not on a team's active roster at the end of last season, they were able to sign with any team before free agency actually begins. Both signings make sense to some extent, Moore from his familiarity with Lovie, and Maneri because there is right now a hole in the roster for him to fill. Still, you have to imagine both signings are more camp meat until they prove they can be more - though we'll find out more about how certain their roster places are once the contract details are known.