Bucs add two ex-Falcons: QB Sean Renfree, OL James Stone
The Bucs have had success in the last two seasons signing players who worked under Dirk Koetter with the Falcons -- center Joe Hawley, running backs Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith, receiver Freddie Martino -- and did so again Friday, agreeing to terms with quarterback Sean Renfree and signing offensive lineman James Stone to futures contracts.
Renfree, 26, was drafted out of Duke by Atlanta in 2013 and spent his rookie season on injured reserve, then two seasons as a backup to Matt Ryan. He threw seven passes in 2015 in limited playing time, and worked out for the Bucs in December. If Mike Glennon signs elsewhere as expected, Renfree could go into camp as the Bucs' No. 3 quarterback behind starter Jameis Winston and projected backup Ryan Griffin.
Stone, 24, played extensively for the Falcons as an undrafted rookie in 2014, starting nine games as a center. He tore his ACL in December 2015 and was released by Atlanta with an injury settlement in July. He started 39 games at Tennessee, including the 2013 season when current Bucs quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian was the Vols' offensive coordinator. Stone will compete for a backup job at guard and center -- the Bucs have question marks for depth there with Hawley a free agent and guard J.R. Sweezy yet to play or practice due to a back injury.
The Bucs have now signed 14 players to futures contracts since the end of the season -- that's mostly promotions from the 2016 practice squad, but also includes newcomers like former CFL stars in WR Derel Walker and LB Jeff Knox, and now Renfree and Stone.