Last week James Yarcho and I speculated about a potential veteran free-agent who could be the 90th member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster.
At the time, the Bucs were officially at 88 players on the roster and Antonio Brown was yet to officially sign pending his passing a physical. Once he signed, it would bring the pre-training camp roster to 89, leaving one more spot.
Malik Hooker, Dede Westbrook, and Beshaud Breeland were all names brought up in the conversation. Well, it turns out we got the position group mostly right, just not the name.
On Tuesday, the news was all about Tampa Bay making Brown’s return official, but they also added veteran cornerback Dee Delaney who was on the field Tuesday as OTAs got underway.
Delaney’s previous NFL experience up to date was with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Football Team while also spending time in the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets organizations without appearing in a regular-season game.
Coming out of the Miami Hurricanes program in 2018 as an undrafted free agent, Delaney didn’t play in 2020.
With the roster now at 90 the Buccaneers coaching staff can focus on the players participating in OTAs including Delaney, the team’s 2021 rookie class, and some veterans like Tanner Hudson and Ryan Griffin.
TE Tanner Hudson said he felt being at OTAs was the right choice for him and would be beneficial for him.— Carmen Vitali (@CarmieV) May 25, 2021
The Griffin-Hudson connection was alive and well out there today, let me tell ya.
It seems like just yesterday the Buccaneers were in action, and already the 2021 squad is taking shape. Obviously, this isn’t necessarily a final 90-man roster and moves are still likely to come due to injuries and players simply not fitting what the franchise is trying to accomplish.
So, if you have a favorite free agent out there, there’s still a chance. And we’ll be here at Bucs Nation following and commenting on all of it, as it takes place.