Bucs Sign Nine More Players to Contracts

January 26 – The 2001 season doesn't officially end until Feb. 28, but that's not stopping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from making transactions for next season. The Bucs have signed a total of 10 players to reserve/future contracts, and six of them have already seen playing time with the Pewter Pirates.

Buccaneer Magazine learned Thursday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had signed free agent and former Colts' wide receiver E.G. Green to a two-year contract. The Buccaneers have signed nine other players to future contracts, including WR Darryl Daniel, CB Corey Ivy, T Brian Gruber, FB Leroy McFadden, TE Damian Vaughn and DE Ron Warner, all of which spent time on Tampa Bay's roster and/or practice squad during the 2001 season.

Buccaneer Magazine has compiled a list and some brief information on Tampa Bay's nine newest Buccaneers. Please click here if you want to access Thursday's story on WR E.G. Green.

9 Newest Buccaneers

CB Corey Chamblin Entered the National Football League as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee Tech with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1999. Chamblin (5-10, 189) spent time during that season on the Jaguars' practice squad and was later promoted to their 53-man roster, where he made his mark on special teams. Chamblin spent the 2000 training camp with the Jags and the 2001 training camp with the Green Bay Packers.

CB Corey Ivy Split time between the Buccaneers' practice squad and their active roster during the 2001 season. Ivy (5-8, 183) spent the first seven weeks of the season on the team's practice squad before replacing injured nickel back CB Donnie Abraham on the team's 53-man practice squad for their away game against the Detroit Lions. Ivy spent four weeks on the active roster before returning to the practice squad for the rest of the year.

WR Darryl Daniel Entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 1999 with the Detroit Lions. Daniel (5-11, 190) didn't make the Lions' final roster, but he landed with the Minnesota Vikings later that season and was then allocated to NFL Europe for the 2000 season. Daniel was waived by the Vikings on the final cutdown in 2000, and then moved on to Carolina where he latched on with the Panthers on their practice squad. Daniel spent the first month of the 2001 season with the Panthers before grabbing a spot on Tampa Bay's practice squad for the second half of the 2001 season.

WR Jermale Kelly Entered the NFL as a rookie out of the University of South Carolina with the Carolina Panthers. Kelly led the Gamecocks in three out of his four seasons with South Carolina. Kelly (6-2, 200) finished his college career with 153 receptions for 2,179 yards and 19 touchdowns.

T Brian Gruber Entered the league with the Bucs as an undrafted free agent from Vanderbilt in 2001. Gruber (6-7, 316) was second-team All-SEC performer as a senior at Vanderbilt. During training camp, Gruber suffered a right knee injury that led to an injury settlement with the Buccaneers near the end of preseason. Once he became eligible, Gruber was added to Tampa Bay's practice squad on Nov. 23 and spent the remainder of the 2001 season there.

FB Leroy McFadden Entered the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent from Michigan State University in 1999. Tampa Bay signed McFadden (6-3, 235) during the 2001 training camp after FB Charles Kirby suffered a season-ending injury.

P Tim Morgan Morgan (6-5, 212) is a left-footed punter and entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Bengals in 2000. Cincinnati released Morgan one month later, and then spent a week on the Packers' practice squad in December of 2001.

TE Damian Vaughn Entered the NFL with Cincinnati as the Bengals' seventh-round draft pick in 1998. Vaughn (6-4, 252) spent the entire 98' and 99' seasons on Cincinnati's practice squad before being allocated to NFL Europe to play for the Barcelona Dragons in 2000. Vaughn spent the 2001 training camp with the Buccaneers.

DE Ron Warner Warner entered the NFL with the New Orleans Saints out of the University of Kansas in 1998. Played in the Canadian Football League in 2000. Warner (6-2, 265) spent the entire 2001 training camp with the Buccaneers, but was released one day before the season opener. Tampa Bay signed Warner to its practice squad immediately after releasing him, and he spent the rest of the season there.


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