The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added 14 undrafted free agents to their roster, the team announced. The Bucs waived center Ben Gottschalk and tight end Kivon Cartwright to make room for these players.
The most notable players on this list are the three the Bucs reportedly offered signing bonuses to come to Tampa: Mississippi State linebacker Richie Brown, Michigan State linebacker Riley Bullough and Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau.
Intriguingly, Liufau is the cousin of former Bucs quarterback Jack Thompson, the Throwin’ Samoan who played for them in 1983 and 1984 and, unfortunately, bombed. Liufau may have a decent chance of sticking on the roster, or at least the practice squad, given that he’s up against Sean Renfree and Ryan Griffin.
Of course, those signing bonuses don’t mean much more than that the team kind of likes those players now. That could change as soon as rookie minicamp, so don’t put oo much stock in this. The fact that two of them are linebackers might be relevant, though: it suggests the Bucs want some extra depth at that position.
These undrafted free agents will join the team’s six draft picks, a few veteran players who haven’t logged an official accrued season (mostly practice squad players), and a slew of tryout players for rookie minicamp this weekend—after which the Bucs will invariably cat a few of these new signings, and add a few of the tryout players who really stood out.
The Bucs’ full list of undrafted free agents:
TE Antony Auclair, Laval
DE Deondre Barnett, Southern Illinois
LB Richie Brown, Mississippi State
LB Riley Bullough, Michigan State
CB Maurice Fleming, West Virginia
T Cole Gardner, Eastern Michigan
S Alex Gray, Appalachian State
T Korren Kirven, Alabama
QB Sefo Liufau, Colorado
CB Greg Mabin, Iiowa
LB Paul Magloire, Arizona
CB Jonathan Moxey, Boise State
WR Thomas Sperbeck, Boise State
WR Bobo Wilson, Florida State