The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Thursday that the team has signed defensive end Noah Spence, the first of the team’s two second-round selections in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Only kicker Roberto Aguayo remains unsigned from the 2016 Bucs’ draft class.
Spence (6-2, 251) was chosen 39th overall out of Eastern Kentucky, where he spent his redshirt junior season (2015), totaling 63 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In his one season at Eastern Kentucky, the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native was named an FCS All-American by the Associated Press, STATA, Walter Camp Foundation and College Sporting News, while being chosen as the FCS National Defensive Performer of the Year by the College Football Performance Awards.
Prior to his time at Eastern Kentucky, Spence played two seasons at Ohio State (2012-13), earning first-team All-Big Ten honors from the league’s media and second-team honors from the league’s coaches as a sophomore, when he posted 14.5 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks. Spence will wear No. 57 for the Buccaneers.
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Good; now show us what you got. Go Bucs!
Now get out there and bring out your inner Simeon Rice!
Iam thrill that Noah Spence was on board with Tampa. But I believe that some of these Undrafted Rookies will contribute to this 2016 Bucs.
Lets hope Augayo refuses to sign and we trade him for a 3rd and 4th next year.
I’m sure there is a kicker out there who can reach the lofty status of Connnor Barth’s bottom ranking.
Come on dude, sign your contract! We gather that you’re a good kicker, but you’re not a 1st round QB. The new CBA has made this very simple – you can’t get more and the Bucs can’t pay you less! This is the time of year where questions are raised about the value of even using an agent. A NFLPA union executive said that “a trained monkey could do these contracts.” So what’s the hold up?
(excerpts taken from MMQB) The new system eliminates the vast majority of negotiating required: contract value and bonus amounts are predetermined. There are very few negotiable items: offset language (the ability for the team to recover guaranteed money if the player is released and signs elsewhere), bonus payment terms, roster bonus allocations and other miscellaneous structural issues. Deals are negotiated within hours (Jameis Winston’s deal was negotiated the evening he was taken with the first pick).
The seemingly controversy espoused by some fans should inspire you to be the first one off the board, but now you’re the last. What’s up with that???
Maybe the front office prefers to work 1 contract at a time. Can’t wait until season starts. GO BUCS and GO BOLTS
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