The Buccaneers took two West Virginia University products in last month’s draft and they announced Monday that both of them are no under contract.
Linebacker Najee Goode, a fifth-round pick, and cornerback Keith Tandy, a sixth-round pick, both signed their four-year contracts with the team. Both players are very familiar to coach Greg Schiano after facing Rutgers throughout their careers at West Virginia.
Goode, who led West Virginia in tackles in 2011 after starting his career as a walk on, played all three linebacker spots for the Bucs at the rookie minicamp. He’s a strong tackler against the run, something that might ticket him for a spot in the middle. For now, he’ll be a backup and special teams player.
There’s been some talk about Tandy shifting over to play safety, a spot which would probably lead to quicker playing time in the regular defense. The Bucs need depth in both spots, though, so Tandy’s ability to play both should help his quest to carve out a role beyond special teams this season.
With their contracts done, Tampa now has three draft picks left to sign to finish up the entire draft class.