Bucs sign WR Reedy, LB Rasco, DE Matthews to contracts
The Bucs have made their first signings under new coach Dirk Koetter, with former Lakewood and Toledo receiver Bernard Reedy, former LSU and Packers linebacker Jermauria Rasco and former Falcons defensive end Cliff Matthews signing futures contracts with Tampa Bay on Thursday.
Reedy, 24, spent a year with Koetter in Atlanta in 2014, signing as an undrafted rookie and spending the season on the Falcons' practice squad. He was also with Atlanta in preseason last fall, and will have a chance to compete for the return jobs as well as at slot receiver. Rasco, 23, took a pre-draft visit to the Bucs in April but signed with the Packers as an undrafted rookie, spending almost the entire season on injured reserve before he was waived in Week 17. Matthews, 26, played under Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith (with Koetter) from 2010-14.
Reedy 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, had a combined seven catches for 93 yards in his two preseasons with Atlanta, with seven kickoff returns for 169 yards and six punt returns for 43 yards as well. At Toledo, he had four returns for touchdowns in 2012 -- three on kickoffs and one on punts -- and totaled 23 receiving touchdowns in his final three seasons, totaling 191 catches for 2,703 yards. Reedy will be the second Lakewood graduate in the Bucs' receiving corps, joining veteran Louis Murphy.
Rasco, 6-foot-3 and 247 pounds, had 10 sacks and three forced fumbles at LSU, where he played along new Bucs teammate Kwon Alexander. he had seven tackles and a sack in the preseason for Green Bay before being placed on injured reserve.
Matthews, 6-foot-4 and 268 pounds, was drafted by the Falcons in 2011 and totaled 28 tackles in four seasons as a backup for the Falcons. He was cut by Atlanta in final preseason cuts last fall and didn't re-sign with any teams during the 2015 season.