The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed sixth-round pick Danny Vitale to a contract, the team announced. The cutback out of Northwestern is currently at rookie mini-camp, learning the ins and outs of Dirk Kotter's offense.
Vitale played a so-called superback role in college, a hybrid fullback/tight end/H-back position that saw him get a lot of work as a pass-catcher: he had over 1,400 receiving yards in his college career. He should play a similar role in Tampa Bay's offense, which is probably why he switched to number 86, traditionally a tight end rather than fullback jersey number.
The Bucs now have just two drafted players who have yet to sign their contracts: second round picks Roberto Aguayo and Noah Spence. That's mostly a formality as there's no real negotiation under the 2011 NFL CBA. They should be under contract sooner rather than later.