Bucs Add Three Free Agents

May 2 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed three players who tried out for the team during last week's mini-camp. Guard Marcus Jenkins, linebacker Joe Todd and long snapper Mike Solwold all signed one-year deals with the Bucs.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed guard Marcus Jenkins, linebacker Joe Todd and long snapper Mike Solwold to one-year contracts for the league minimum.

Jenkins (6-foot-4, 306) entered the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Central Florida in 1999 where he blocked for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper. He has also been on the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks' practice squads. Jenkins is orginally from St. Petersburg and attended Gibbs High School with Bucs quarterback Shaun King.

Solwold (6-foot-6, 244) played collegiately at Wisconsin and signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent last year. He was released on August 27 and was claimed by Dallas the next before being waived on September 3. He was re-signed by the Cowboys on November 14 and was their long snapper for the final eight games of the 2001 season.

During his last two years at Wisconsin, he played on two Rose Bowl teams and did not have an errant snap. He will compete with Andy Hogan and Tracey Wistrom for the Bucs' long snapping duties.

Todd (6-foot, 220) was signed by the New York Jets last year as an undrafted free agent from nearby Hofstra where he recorded 154 tackles, 11 sacks and had one interception. Todd had a solid senior campaign in which he had 81 tackles and six sacks. He played in one game with the Jets.

The Bucs' roster currently stands at 89 players, which is over the NFL roster limit of 80, but includes several players who are exempt because they are playing in NFL Europe. Also, the Bucs' eight draft picks don't count against the roster limit until they are signed.

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