Bucs sign DB Ryan Smith, agreed to terms with OT Benenoch
The day before the Bucs start their rookie minicamp, they've started the process of signing their draft picks, with fourth-round safety Ryan Smith signing Thursday and fifth-round tackle Caleb Benenoch agreeing to terms.
Smith, from North Carolina Central, is slotted to earn a $592,000 signing bonus as part of a four-year, $2.93-million rookie contract, wihle Benenoch, from UCLA, is slotted to earn a $253,000 bonus as part of a four-year, $2.59-million contract.
Smith, who could also help the Bucs on returns as a rookie, will likely hold a backup job at safety, and with all five starting offensive line jobs seemingly spoken for, Benenoch is likely competing with third-year pro Kevin Pamphile for the Bucs' swing tackle job, backing up both tackle positions and serving as the "jumbo" tight end when Tampa Bay uses a six-man line. Since the Bucs typically carry nine offensive linemen and dress seven, he could also often be inactive on game day, as Pamphile was as a rookie.
The Bucs have five other draft picks to sign, but with so little to negotiate with rookie contracts today, it's largely a formality.