Bucs sign free-agent fullbacks Lane, Baker
It's unknown whether the Bucs will even carry a fullback on their roster this fall, but the team has intriguing new options at the position: Jorvorskie Lane, who played at Texas A&M and with the Dolphins and agreed to a one-year contract Tuesday, and the team also announced the signing of former Jets player Josh Baker.
Lane, 27, has considerable size for a fullback -- officially listed last year at 5-foot-11 and 258 pounds, he's been as much as 282 but is athletic enough to have trained as an MMA fighter. He played the 2012 season with the Dolphins, with 11 catches for 79 yards and 13 carries for 13 yards, then was cut in the team's final preseason cuts last year.
His football resume is all over the map -- he played for the West Texas Roughnecks of the Indoor Football League in 2010, then with the Arena Football League's Orlando Predators in 2011. He had solid numbers at A&M, rushing for 19 touchdowns in 2006 and 16 in 2007, topping 700 yards in both seasons.
One more interesting note to Lane: He is the half-brother of former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, who remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent returning from spinal surgery.
Baker, also 27, played 11 games with the Jets in 2011 as a backup tight end, catching three passes for 27 yards. He missed the 2012 season with a knee injury and has been out of the league since he was waived by the Jets in February 2013. He was a teammate of current Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco at Delaware in 2006-07 before finishing his college career at Northwest Missouri State.