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Undrafted prospects begin signing with Bucs



The Bucs on Saturday evening began signing a group of undrafted free agents, including Toledo receiver Eric Page, a projected mid- to late-round pick.
Page, who left school after his junior season, had 1,182 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011, but was not among the 33 receivers drafted. Page caught an astounding 125 passes last season.
Also headed to Tampa Bay, USF guard-center Chaz Hine and another Toledo prospect, tackle Mike Van Der Meulen. General manager Mark Dominik said the team could sign up to 15 undrafted players before the night's end, though the full list might not be available until Sunday.
The team is better able to accommodate a higher number of signings because the NFL last week raised offseason roster limits to 90 players from 80.

UPDATE, 11:13 p.m.: The Bucs have added another signing, this one a local. Former Largo High star Leonard Johnson, a four-year starting cornerback at Iowa State, has joined Tampa Bay, his agent confirmed.

Johnson, 5-10 and 196 pounds, is a second-team All-Big 12 selection who ended his career with a streak of 39 consecutive starts.

UPDATE, 10:35 a.m.: Page, early Sunday morning, changed his mind and instead signed with the Broncos, who recently signed quarterback Peyton Manning.

The Bucs appeared to have a verbal deal with Page on Saturday night, with the player going as far as announcing the news via Twitter. But Denver sealed the deal and announced Page among its rookie free agent signings early this morning.

[Last modified: Sunday, April 29, 2012 10:38am]


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