Buccaneers sign eighth Future free agent

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed their eighth Future free agent of the 2008 offseason, inking a former Alcorn State receiver. Find out who, and why his versatility could be an asset to the Bucs, in this premium article.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued to build their roster on Thursday by signing former Alcorn State star Charlie Spiller to a Future free agent contract, according to a league source.

The Buccaneers did not make an official announcement on Thursday and in the past have waited until all of their Future free agents are signed before making an announcement.

Spiller also confirmed the signing during an interview with the Natchez (Miss.) Democrat and through a release from the Alcorn State Sports Information Department.

Spiller was a four-year starter for the Braves and left the school with the record for career receiving yards (2,917). He also left tied for second in touchdown receptions (23) and third in receptions (129).

Spiller also has experience as a kickoff returner with the Braves, as he earned first-team all-Southwestern Athletic Conference honors at that specialty position in 2005 after returning 28 kicks for a 27.1-yard average and two touchdowns in 2005. He was also named first-team All-SWAC as a wide receiver in 2004 after catching 50 passes for 1,111 yards and nine touchdowns.

The Buccaneers will seek to identify a kickoff returner that can compete with incumbent Micheal Spurlock this offseason.

The Buccaneers extended Spiller an invitation to their rookie camp last May, but they did not offer him a contract.

Spiller is the eighth Future free agent to sign with Tampa Bay since the offseason ended. The others are WR Cortez Hankton, TE Daniel Fells, DB Darrell Hunter, DE Marquies Gunn, DB Marcus Hamilton, OG Brian Johnson and OT Dennis Roland are the others.

Future free agents do not count against the Buccaneers' roster until March.

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Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for Bucsblitz.com and the Charlotte (Fla.) Sun-Herald. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and his coverage of the Buccaneers has won numerous state and national awards.

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