Bucs sign fourth-round draft pick Akeem Spence to 4-year contract
The Bucs continue making headway in signing their recent draft class, with fourth-round selection Akeem Spence the latest to sign his contract.
Spence signed a four-year deal, the Bucs announced, a standard contract under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
The Bucs have now signed four of their six picks from last month’s NFL draft, with second-round pick Johnthan Banks and third-round choice Mike Glennon the only picks remaining unsigned.
Spence could be an important member of the defense this season as he is a strong candidate to assume the starting nose tackle job left vacant by the departure of free agent Roy Miller. The Bucs traded up 12 spots to select Spence with the 100th overall choice from the University of Illinois.
Exact details off Spence's deal aren't known, but you can expect it to be a slight increase over last year's selection in the same slot. The 100th selection in 2012, Travis Benjamin of Miami, received a $2.57 million contract and $477,000 signing bonus from the Browns.