TAMPA — The Bucs didn’t take a quarterback in this week’s NFL draft, but quickly signed one afterward, acquiring University of San Diego quarterback Reid Sinnett on an undrafted free-agent deal.
Sinnett, who started for the Toreros for just his redshirt senior season, threw for 3,528 yards in 12 games with 32 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also ran for six touchdowns.
The Bucs were looking to draft a quarterback on Saturday’s third and final day of the draft to develop under Tom Brady, but coach Bruce Arians said those targets were swallowed up by other teams.
“There were guys we were looking at today,” Arians said. “They all got jumped on early. We’re going to sign a free agent that I think has a really good upside and see how that goes.”
The Bucs had interest in FIU quarterback James Morgan, but he went to the Jets in the fourth round. The Bucs traded away both of their fourth-round selections.
The 6-foot-4, 229-pound Sinnett, who graduated in December with a finance degree, didn’t receive a combine invitation, but participated in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl; his pro day at San Diego was canceled. Among the teams he had video-conferencing meetings with were the Bucs and Chiefs.
The Bucs re-signed veteran Blaine Gabbert, who played previously under Arians in Arizona but spent last season with the Bucs on injured reserved, and Ryan Griffin also remains under contract.
“I love our quarterback room with Griff and Blaine,” Arians said. “Blane’s won a lot of games for me.”
The Bucs continued signing undrafted free agents Saturday night. Players who have announced or confirmed include: LSU linebacker Michael Divinity, Rice offensive lineman Nick Leverette. ETSU defensive lineman Nasir Player, Oklahoma cornerback Parnell Motley and Texas center Zach Shackleford.
- Former Jesuit offensive lineman Jackson Dennis, who played collegiately at Holy Cross, signed an undrafted free-agent contract with the Cardinals.
- Notre Dame running back Tony Jones Jr., a St. Petersburg native who began his high school career at St. Petersburg Catholic before transferring to IMG Academy, went to the Saints on a free-agent deal.
- USF defensive end/outside linebacker Greg Reaves signed as an undrafted free agent with the Rams. A Manatee High alumnus, Reaves bypassed an Air Force Academy appointment and transferred to USF to pursue his dream of reaching the NFL.
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