The Buccaneers added another tight end and center to the roster on Thursday, signing Emmanuel Ogbuehi of Georgia State and former SMU and Chiefs center Ben Gottschalk. Ogbuehi and Gottschalk participated in the first ever veteran’s combine last month.
According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Ogbuehi (6-2, 230)worked out as a fullback as well as tight end on Wednesday. The former Georgia State product has yet to play in an NFL game and spent the last two seasons with Ravens, Browns and Miami Dolphins. Ogbuehi also visited the Minnesota Vikings prior to signing with Tampa Bay according to reports.
Currently the Bucs appear set at the tight end position with last year’s second round draft pick Austin Seferian-Jenkins, veteran Brandon Myers and Luke Stocker who the team re-signed in March on the eve of free agency. The team’s roster also lists Cameron Brate, Taylor Sloat and Evan Rodriguez as tight ends. Fullback Javorski Lane was also re-signed this offseason and Ogbuehi could be competing with Lane for a roster spot at that position.
Gottschalk will compete for a roster spot behind starter Evan Dietrich-Smith along with Josh Allen and former USF Bull Jeremiah Warren.
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