Buccaneers chasing Olympian Demps?

August, 14, 2012
8/14/12
3:56
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Scott Reynolds has a compelling story that says the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are very interested in signing Jeff Demps, who just received a silver medal (as an alternate) in the London Olympics.

No deal has been announced yet and the Bucs aren't the only team showing interest.

"There's a lot of interest," agent Daniel Rose said. "We talked to some teams before the Olympics, but we wanted him to concentrate on the Olympics. Preparing for the Olympics is a very regimented process, and he needed to focus on that.''

Rose said a decision is expected soon. But adding Demps would make sense on a lot of levels for the Buccaneers.

To start with, he’s a University of Florida product and the Gators may have as many fans as the Bucs in the Tampa Bay area. But this wouldn’t be simply a public-relations move. It would be a football move.

In addition to his abilities on the track, Demps also played football at Florida and has an interest in pursuing an NFL career. He could be used at running back and receiver and also could be used in the return game. The Bucs talked to Demps throughout the spring and summer as he went undrafted and was trying to make the Olympic team. He didn’t accomplish his goal initially, but held off on football and eventually was added to the Olympic team as a replacement.

The fact Demps wasn’t drafted means he’s obviously a project. But I think it could be one worth taking a chance on. The Bucs need big plays. Demps has world-class speed, which eventually could translate into big plays.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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