The Buccaneers have been busy retaining their Super Bowl-winning starting lineup, but the team will also be welcoming a number of new faces this preseason. That includes eight undrafted rookies; the team announced the signing of the following players today:
- OT Calvin Ashley, Florida A&M
- K Jose Borregales, Miami (FL)
- S Augie Contressa, Stony Brook
- G Sadarius Hutcherson, South Carolina
- CB Cameron Kinley, Navy
- DL Elijah Ponder, Cincinnati
- WR T.J. Simmons, West Virginia
- S Lawrence White, Iowa State
Borregales was considered a potential draft pick after establishing himself as one of the best kickers in college football, as he earned the Lou Groza Award this past season. The rookie will serve as competition for Ryan Succop, who converted 90.3-percent of his field goals for the Buccaneers last year.
Meanwhile, the organization was apparently motivated to add Hutcherson. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports (via Twitter) that the offensive lineman received $130K guaranteed, which includes $100K of his base salary. Pro Football Focus named the South Carolina product to their second-team All-SEC squad this past season.