Kurt Warner’s son, Kade, highlights list of Bucs’ undrafted free agents

The Bucs were busy after the NFL draft and addressed the receiver position, led by the Kansas State star.
Kansas State wide receiver Kade Warner, the son of former NFL star Kurt Warner, makes a catch during drills at the school's pro day on March 31.
Kansas State wide receiver Kade Warner, the son of former NFL star Kurt Warner, makes a catch during drills at the school's pro day on March 31. [ REED HOFFMANN | AP ]
Published April 30

TAMPA — Bucs fans don’t fondly remember Rams quarterback Kurt Warner throwing a 30-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Proehl with 4:44 remaining in the fourth quarter that beat Tampa Bay 11-6 in the 1999 NFC Championship Game.

But it may be time to let bygones be bygones.

Warner is now one of the biggest Bucs fans.

That’s right, Tampa Bay signed his son, Kansas State receiver Kade Warner, as an undrafted free agent Saturday night.

Kade, who transferred from Nebraska in 2021, had 46 receptions for 456 yards and five touchdowns last season in helping the Wildcats win the Big 12 championship game over TCU.

The Bucs selected eight players in the NFL draft, where they focused on improving the overall team speed, especially on defense. That was a priority for coach Todd Bowles entering the draft.

“Todd obviously said that and that was always a B.A. (Bruce Arians) moniker too: ‘Speed kills, speed, speed, speed,’” said Bucs vice president of player personnel John Spytek. “But, at the end of the day, they’ve got to be good football players, too. We’re not just going to draft guys that run fast, but can’t play the game of sports. ... I think we turned in a lot of guys that ran good 40 times. If you turn on the film and watch the film, they play fast, too. It’s one of the many things we look for, but it was a priority this year and we feel good about what we did from that standpoint.”

The Bucs weren’t done. They spent Saturday night signing undrafted free agents and invited others to rookie minicamp in two weeks.

Other notable undrafted free agents

Syracuse running back Sean Tucker (Rushed for 3,182 yard, 27 TDs; caught 64 passes for 622 yards, 4 TDs)

Maryland WR Rakim Jarrett (Signed with $225,000 guaranteed, including $25,000 signing bonus)

Maryland WR Taye Barber

Illinois State TE Tanner Taula

Shepherd RB Ronnie Brown

Furman WR Ryan Miller

Tennessee MLB Jeremy Banks

UConn LB Brandon Bouyer-Rnadle

Alabama State CB Keenan Isaac

Rutgers S Christian Izien

NC State CB Derek Pitts

Texas State edge rusher Nelson Mbanasor

Iowa State S Kaevon Merriweather

Oklahoma C/G Chris Murray

Virginia OL Silas Dzansi

Indiana T Luke Haggard

Arkansas PK Jake Bates

Duke LS Evan Deckers

Rookie camp invitees

Southeastern/FIU QB Kaylan Wiggins

South Carolina C Eric Douglas

Utah State S Hunter Reynolds

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