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Buccaneers sign safety Derrick Wells

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed safety Derrick Wells, an undrafted free agent out of Minnesota, the team announced today. In three years as a college safety for the Golden Gophers, Wells managed four interceptions and a total of 131 tackles in 47 games. The signing was first reported by Greg Auman.

Wells wasn't drafted and didn't sign with any team after the draft, but he was a part of the team's rookie minicamp earlier this month, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Apparently he impressed enough to earn a roster spot.

At 6'0", 201 lbs., Wells has the size of a strong safety, but he did put up a solid 4.56-second 40-yard dash at his pro day, which means he may have the speed to play free safety. He'll compete for a roster spot behind Bradley McDougald, Major Wright, Chris Conte and D.J. Swearinger. Keith Tandy and Chris Hackett are the other safeties on the roster.