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Buccaneers sign Division III prospect Donteea Dye

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed wide receiver Donteea Dye, the Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman reports. The Division III receiver played at Heidelberg university, and was apparently impressive enough as a tryout player at rookie minicamp to earn a contract.

Dye had 116 catches for 2,298 yards and 26 touchdowns over his career, including 57 for 1,022 yards and 14 touchdown in his senior season. He also has some experience as a kick returner. At 6'0", 195 lbs. he has solid size. Combine that with a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, which he ran at his pro day, and you certainly see some athletic talent.

According to this great story on Dye, The Fairfield, Cincinnati prospect saw his college football career nearly torpedoed by a high school knee injury that caused him to go to a Division III program instead of one at the Division I level.

The Bucs will have to release someone to make room for Dye on the roster, a move that will probably be announced some time tomorrow. There will presumably be a few more signings and cuts over the next two days, as the Bucs evaluate who stood out in rookie mini-camp and who disappointed.