Bucs sign four more future free agents

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued their offseason roster work on Wednesday by signing four more future free agents, all of whom spent time on the Buccaneers' 2007 practice squad. Find out who in this premium article.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made four more future free agent signings, all of whom were on their practice squad at the end of the regular season, Bucsblitz.com has learned from a league source.

Those players are defensive end Marquies Gunn of Auburn, defensive back Marcus Hamilton of Virginia, guard Brian Johnson of LSU and tackle Dennis Roland of Georgia.

This quartet will be added to the three future free agents signed last week — WR Cortez Hankton, TE Daniel Fells and DB Darrell Hunter. Bucsblitz.com reported those signings last week.

The Bucs have one week to sign their practice squad players to contracts or they become available to the league as free agents.

Hamilton (5-foot-11, 188) is the most notable of the four. Hamilton was the Bucs' seventh-round selection (245th overall) in 2007, but he failed to make the opening-day roster. He was signed to the practice squad three times during the regular season, but was never activated.

Gunn (6-foot-4, 264 pounds) first came to Tampa Bay on Oct. 17. He signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent, but failed to make the team after training camp. He was an all-SEC selection his senior year.

Johnson (6-4, 307) arrived in Tampa Bay on Nov. 21, was released from the practice squad two days later and re-signed on Nov. 27. Johnson started 28 career games at LSU.

Roland (6-9, 325) signed with the Bucs on Jan. 17 of last year, but was released on Sept. 1 after the preseason ended. He was briefly signed to the active roster on Oct. 3 after the season-ending injury to Luke Petitgout. But the Bucs released him from the active roster on Oct. 20 and signed him to the practice squad four days later.

In the past, the Buccaneers have waited to officially announce their futures free agents once they've been signed.

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