Phillips (6-1, 214) recorded 181 tackles, five interceptions, 14 pass defensed and six forced fumbles as a two-year starter. Phillips adds depth to both the strong and free safety positions.
The Bucs are expected to sign its remaining seven 2002 draft picks – wide receiver Marquise Walker, running back Travis Stephens, defensive end John Stamper, cornerback Tim Wansley, tight end Trace Wistrom, wide receiver Aaron Lockett and guard Zack Quaccia – before Tampa Bay reports to training camp on July 28.
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