Bucs sign USF's Hine to free-agent deal
For all the Bucs' dealing and drafting this weekend, the team did not select an offensive lineman, but after the draft, Tampa Bay signed USF's Chaz Hine to a free-agent deal, according to his agent, Glen Lansky.
Hine's story is already a great one - from walk-on to three-year starter to captain, with all kind of memories off the field, first as a classically trained opera singer, crooning Sinatra at preseason camp, then as top student in USF's business school, earning national academic accolades.
Hine started two years as a guard with Bulls, then deftly moved to center for his senior year, and that versatility could help him make the Bucs as a backup rookie lineman. Lansky said that Bucs coach Greg Schiano was very familiar with Hine's career, telling him during a recent workout that his nose guard had one bad game this past season and it came against Hine and USF.
Hine is the second USF player to sign as an undrafted free agent, joining running back Darrell Scott, who signed with the Cowboys.