Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Bucs sign ex-Gators long-snapper Drew Ferris

The Bucs officially have their first newcomer of the 2018 offseason.

Tampa Bay announced the signing of former Gators long-snapper Drew Ferris on Thursday, and for now, he's the only snapper on their roster.

Ferris, 26, was Florida's long-snapper in 2011 and 2013-14, missing all but one game in 2012 due to injury. He went to rookie minicamp with the Jets in 2015 and was on the Seahawks' roster in summer 2016, but was out of the league last year.

Last year's snapper, veteran Garrison Sanborn, is an unrestricted free agent, though the Tampa native said he'd like to return for 2018. Sanborn stepped in when Andrew DePaola, the Bucs' snapper from 2014-16, was sidelined with a torn ACL. DePaola wound up as the Bears' long-snapper for 2017, and is also now an unrestricted free agent.

The Bucs had signed eight players to futures contracts last month, but all eight had been on the practice squad at the end of 2017, so Ferris is the first true newcomer to join Tampa Bay's roster this offseason.

Tampa Bay isn't likely to make many moves, adding or subtracting players, until March, in preparation for the start of free agency.