twitter report by Adam Kaplan of Scout.com says that Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead has signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs are also rumored to have signed Tennessee linebacker Rico McCoy, but Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said the team has not received a fax returned with an agreement for either player. Dominik said the team is close to signing some offensive linemen.
"I can confirm that we've spoken to both of those players," said Dominik. "I can confirm that I have not received any fax papers back"
The Mississippi signal caller decided to skip his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL Draft. Snead went undrafted, but was not available long as he signed a contract as an undrafted free agent with Tampa Bay.
The 6-foot-3, 219-pound Snead started his collegiate career at Texas. After losing the starting job to Colt McCoy, Snead transferred to Mississippi and had to sit out the 2007 season. Snead had a good 2008 season, and had a lot of draft buzz about him entering last year. He completed 56 percent of his passes for 2,762 yards with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
In 2009 Snead had a disappointing season. He completed 54.4 percent of his passes for 2,632 yards with 20 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Snead and the Ole Miss offense missed wide receiver Mike Wallace and offensive tackle Michael Oher after they went to the NFL after the 2008 season.
Snead has good size and a strong arm. At Ole Miss he struggled with decision-making, and handling the pass rush. Snead will be competing for a roster spot with Rudy Carpenter and Josh Johnson. Tampa Bay has 2009 first-round pick Josh Freeman firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback.
McCoy (6-1, 220) led Tennessee in tackles with 119 tackles last season. He had three tackles for a loss with five forced fumbles. He was a three-year starter on defense that totaled 350 tackles with 2.5 sacks, 14 tackles for a loss, one interception, 13 passes broken up, and eight forced fumbles. Last season McCoy played under former Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
Along Snead and McCoy, Tampa Bay is said to be signing former Florida State wide receiver Preston Parker, Virginia Tech offensive linemen Sergio Render, and Wayne State linebacker Ryan Reeves.