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Bucs sign former Vols QB Jonathan Crompton to 3-year deal



The Bucs have signed former Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Jonathan Crompton to a three-year contract, according to

Crompton, a fifth-round pick by the San Diego Chargers in 2010, was released a few days ago by the New England Patriots.

With backup quarterback Josh Johnson scheduled to become a free agent after this season, Crompton most likely will battle Rudy Carpenter for the No. 3 spot.

Crompton was a late bloomer at Tennessee. After passing for 1,387 yards during his first 22 games with the Vols,  his career took off in 2009 when he passed for more than 2,800 yards and 27 touchdowns, the third best single-season total in school history.

Johnson is in the final year of his contract and solidly entrenched as the Bucs' No. 2 quarterback behind starter Josh Freeman. But Johnson played for new 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at the University of San Diego, so you never know if there might be a trade possibility down the road.

Boise State quarterback Mike Coughlin, an undrafted free agent, is the Bucs other arm in training camp but has struggled at times and could be a candidate to be released.


[Last modified: Friday, August 5, 2011 1:49pm]


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