It's a long shot for any undrafted free agent to make an NFL roster as a rookie. Rookies typically face an uphill battle, but to go undrafted means that hill is just a tad more steep.
So, why am I wasting time about an undrafted free agent with this story? Well, whn that player gets a little something extra...in terms of money...to sign with that team, he can almost be counted on as another late draft pick.
As the 2015 NFL Draft concluded, the Bucs, along with all 31 other NFL teams, got busy trying to sign undrafted free agents. Apparently, the Bucs top target was defensive end Ryan Delaire from Towson. The Bucs wanted Delaire so much that they gave him a $15,000 bonus just to sign with the team. That type of bonus is a high figure for an undrafted player.
The Buccaneers were one of 23 NFL teams present at Delaire's workout before the draft. Delaire was also invited to the combine. At his Pro Day workout, the 6'4'' 257 lbs defensive end ran between a 4.7 and 4.8 in the 40 yard dash and displayed excellent athleticism.
Delaire totaled 11 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 2014.
It's still a long shot that Delaire makes the Bucs final roster out of training camp over names like Larry English, Lawrence Sidbury, and William Gholston, but Delaire's athleticism and ability to get to the quarterback is something the Bucs are desperate for. At the very least, Delaire should be an intriguing player to keep an eye on throughout the preseason.Subscribe to The Commish Online Podcast on iTunes!
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