February signings in the NFL usually face long odds to stick on rosters in the fall, but the Bucs added to their running back depth on Thursday, signing former New Hampshire star Dalton Crossan.
Crossan, who turns 24 on Sunday, went to training camp last year with the Colts as an undrafted rookie but was waived in preseason with an undisclosed injury. He played in one preseason game, with two catches for 11 yards, three carries for 3 yards, a 23-yard kickoff return and two special-teams tackles.
He was a small-school standout at I-AA New Hampshire, rushing for 1,281 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior in 2016. He returned kickoffs all four years, including a 93-yard touchdown as a freshman, and caught a combined 88 passes in his final two years with the Wildcats. He ran a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash at his pro day.
Crossan (5-foot-10, 205 pounds) has a unique background — he was a coveted lacrosse recruit on Long Island with a scholarship offer from Michigan, but ultimately chose a football scholarship.
The Bucs could see considerable change at running back, having already released Doug Martin this week. Charles Sims is a free agent, so Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers are the only returning backs from 2017. The Bucs will add multiple backs this offseason, through free agency and/or the draft.