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Buccaneers offer college basketball player guaranteed practice squad spot

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Update: Greg Auman muddies the picture a little.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers offered Clemson basketball player Rod Hall a professional football contract, according to the Clemson Insider. Hall was apparently contemplating switching to football at another college to be drafted next year, but the Bucs actually offered him a contract with a guaranteed practice squad spot -- which is very uncommon.

Unfortunately for him, the Bucs required of him that he be at rookie minicamp this weekend, and he won't be able to make it: that's when he graduates from Clemson. The Ravens and Saints have also offered him the opportunity to play football for them this year, though, and they didn't require him to be at rookie minicamp.

It's not clear which position Hall would play, but basketball have traditionally turned into tight ends in the NFL, although Bucs tackle Demar Dotson is a former basketball player, too. At 6'1", 205 lbs., Hall is a little short for a tight end and may be a receiver, instead.

The Bucs might come back and offer him another deal, but it seems he's heading elsewhere now. Still, it's interesting to see the Bucs going outside the box to find talented players.

h/t Greg Auman