Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brett Smith

I just got a look at the list of signing bonuses the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave to their undrafted rookie free agents, and it’s pretty enlightening.

Apparently, the Bucs think defensive end Chaz Sutton, offensive tackle Matt Patchan and defensive tackle Euclid Cummings have the best chance of making the roster. Those three rookies received the highest signing bonuses from the Bucs.

Sutton led the way with a $15,000 signing bonus. Patchan was next at $14,850 and Cummings was third with a $10,000 bonus.

The rest of the signing bonuses are as follows: receiver Solomon Patton $9,000, linebacker Nate Askew $7,500, offensive lineman Josh Allen $5,000, receiver Aaron Burks $5,000, guard Andrew Miller $5,000, cornerback Keith Lewis $3,000, and safety Mycal Swaim $3,000.

Quarterback Brett Smith, who already has been released, received a $3,000 signing bonus.

Bucs make roster moves

May, 21, 2014
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers shook up the bottom of their roster Wednesday morning, signing four players and releasing three.

The Bucs signed tight end Cameron Brate, wide receiver Quintin Payton, quarterback Alex Tanney and tight end Ian Thompson. The Bucs waived defensive lineman David Hunter, punter Jacob Schum and quarterback Brett Smith.

Since he’s a quarterback Tanney is the most intriguing of the new additions. Tanney has spent time with Kansas City, Dallas and Cleveland. In college at Division III Monmouth, Tanney set the NCAA record for all-time career touchdown passes with 157.

Tanney will have a chance to compete with Mike Kafka for the third quarterback spot. Josh McCown is locked in as the starter and Mike Glennon is the top backup.
TAMPA, Fla. -- During the draft, one of the phrases we heard frequently from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was "catch radius."

About 90 minutes into Friday’s rookie camp, we saw exactly what coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht were talking about. During a 7-on-7 drill, first-round draft pick Mike Evans made a leaping, one-handed catch on a ball that appeared to be overthrown by quarterback Brett Smith.

Evans, who was picked No. 7 overall, fully extended his 6-foot-4 body and snatched the ball with what had to be an extra-large catch radius.

“You take a player that high in the draft, you expect to see some spectacular plays,’’ Smith said.

Evans’ catch was the highlight of the day, but he made several other nice catches.

“We haven’t been surprised by an awful lot,’’ Smith said.

Evans has been as good as advertised. He got a head start working with the veterans earlier in the week. Smith said Evans has been picking up the offense very quickly.

“Mike, of course, has great hands and the physical ability,’’ Smith said. “You can see that. It does take a lot for a rookie to come in. We’re not there. We’re not game ready by any means right now. But we like the progress we've seen since day one.’’

Evans’ size was one of the reasons the Bucs drafted him and Smith said he’s happy with what he’s seen so far.

“It’s good to see him up close going against a 5-10 defensive back,’’ Smith said. “We have some big, tall men out there making plays. He has excellent hands. We saw that in college.’’

On Friday, they started to see those hands in the NFL.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a rookie quarterback after all.

After passing on quarterbacks throughout the draft, the team has signed Wyoming’s Brett Smith as an undrafted free agent. Smith will compete with Mike Kafka for the third quarterback spot behind Josh McCown and Mike Glennon

The other undrafted free agents signed by the Bucs include center Josh Allen (Louisiana-Monroe), linebacker Nate Askew (Texas A&M), wide receiver Aaron Burks (Boise State), defensive tackle Euclid Cummings (Georgia Tech), cornerback Keith Lewis (Virginia-Lynchburg), guard Andrew Miller (Virginia Tech), tackle Matt Patchan (Boston College), wide receiver Solomon Patton (Florida), defensive end Chaz Sutton (South Carolina) and safety Mycal Swaim (Eastern Michigan).

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