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Buccaneers announce 14 undrafted rookie deals

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday announced that they have finalized contract agreements with 14 undrafted rookies. The players signed are as follows:

Louisiana-Monroe receiver Luther Ambrose, LSU linebacker Ryan Baker, Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros, South Florida center Chaz Hine, Texas fullback Cody Johnson, Iowa State cornerback Leonard Johnson, Tennessee State defensive tackle Donte’e Nicholls, Boise State receiver Tyler Shoemaker, Ole Miss tackle Bradley Sowell, Arkansas safety Tramain Thomas, West Virginia tight end Tyler Urban, Toledo guard Mike VanDerMeulen, South Florida cornerback Quenton Washington, and Rutgers guard/tackle Desmond Wynn.

Erroneous reports late Saturday and on Sunday indicated that the Buccaneers also did a deal with former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson. That is not the case. As the New Orleans Times-Picayune explains, Jefferson was only invited to the Bucs’ rookie minicamp, perhaps as a “favor” tryout because some former LSU coaches are now on the Buccaneers’ staff.

As Florio previously pointed out, it’s smart to be wary of unreliable Twitter and website “reports” of UDFA signings. This has been a big problem in the past.

Pictured is Jefferson’s college teammate, Ryan Baker, who unlike Jefferson actually was offered a contract by the Buccaneers, and signed it. Baker was a two-year starter at weak-side linebacker for LSU, earning second-team All-SEC honors from the conference’s coaches as a senior.

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11 Responses to “Buccaneers announce 14 undrafted rookie deals”
  1. geddyn says: Apr 30, 2012 12:29 PM

    As a Bucs fan, I say the following have the best chance to make the team:

    – Chaz Hine, Mike VanDerMeulen and Desmond Wynn. (Terrible depth at the interior O-Line positions.)
    – Zach Collaros. (To my knowledge, the Bucs have no third string QB at the moment.)
    – Cody Johnson. (We have no true fullback on the roster.)
    – Leonard Johnson. (Beyond Talib – assuming he’s not jailed/supsended – Eric Wright is the only other CB guaranteed a roster spot.)
    – Tramain Thomas. (Terrible depth at safety.)

  2. FlikeMorio says: Apr 30, 2012 12:43 PM

    Jordan Jefferson is horrible.

  3. bucforever says: Apr 30, 2012 12:51 PM

    What ,only one Rutgers player ? I hope we got a good one coach. Looks like a pretty good mix though. 6 on offense and 8 on defense. How many will make it through August remains to be seen. GO BUCS !

  4. chad504boy says: Apr 30, 2012 12:58 PM

    Jets should have brought Jefferson in so they can make Sanchez and Tebow appear to be all pro quarterbacks.

  5. ruggyup says: Apr 30, 2012 1:03 PM

    Bucs showing the right stuff! Building toughness without going to the junk pile.

  6. kingmiedus says: Apr 30, 2012 1:04 PM

    @geddyn

    Are you saying Ronde isn’t guaranteed a roster spot?

  7. blizzard01 says: Apr 30, 2012 1:07 PM

    None of these guys got drafted! I looked it up!
    On the computer I have. Go to NFL.com

  8. geddyn says: Apr 30, 2012 1:24 PM

    @kingmiedus

    Yes, I am.

  9. bunjy96 says: Apr 30, 2012 2:22 PM

    Ronde is guaranteed a spot. But the spot is unknown, CB, NB or S

  10. flipola says: Apr 30, 2012 3:07 PM

    @blizzard01 The word “undrafted” in the title didn’t tip you off?

  11. saints4evah says: Apr 30, 2012 3:21 PM

    Watching Jordan Jefferson destroy three straight years of great LSU teams with his selfish play, lack of a scvoop of brains, and all with the blessings of our idiot coach Leslie Miles who threw the entire team under the bus for the sake of this scrub…i can only say…eat it number 9…you deserve everything you get this draft. NOTHING.
    Les thought and said, that JJ was a future first rounder while we fans said…guhhhh what?
    He blew our season with Jarrett Lee’s benching and watching Les just keep telling Lee to sit down when the OC said get ready, and watching JJ blow play after play after play during the last 4 game sof the season including the BCSNC…I wish this arrogant, clueless, lying, piece of garbage a life full of what he deserves. Failure. Goodbye Jeffy…better hope you got a degree.

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