The high-motor Tafoya was a four-year letterman for the Wildcats, earning All-Pac 10 honors during his junior and senior seasons. He recorded 165 career tackles, 24.5 sacks and 49 tackles for losses.
With Tafoya's signing, Tampa Bay has currently agreed to terms with six of this year's nine draft picks: CB Dwight Smith (third-round pick) G Russ Hochstein (fifth-round), FB Jameel Cook (sixth-round), DE Ellis Wyms (sixth-round), and FS Than Merrill (seventh round, 223).
The Bucs are expected to sign fourth-round pick FS John Howell and seventh-round pick TE Daunte` Finger on Thursday or Friday.
In other Buccaneers news, Tampa Bay released defensive lineman Matt Sweeney, who flunked the team's physical upon his return from NFL Europe. Sweeney signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent on January 3 and spent the offseason with NFL Europe's Amsterdam Admirals where he notched four sacks and scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery.
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