The Bucs signed undrafted free agent cornerback Cameron Kinley shortly after the draft, hoping that the Navy would approve his request to delay service. But on Monday, a day before the start of Tampa Bay’s three-day mandatory mini-camp, Kinley’s request was denied.
That story went viral on Monday, and on Tuesday, head coach Bruce Arians offered his reaction to the news.
Former Navy CB Cameron Kinley – Photo by: USA Today
“Well, obviously he’s very, very important to the Navy,” Arians said. “That’s kind of a catch-22. I know he wants to attempt to be a professional football player, but he obviously means a ton to the Navy. I’ll leave that up to them. We’d love to have him because I thought he showed promise and signs when he was here.”
Arians said that if the Navy has a change of heart and allows Kinley to go to training camp with the Bucs that he would have a place on the roster.
“If he can get free by training camp we’d love to have him back,” Arians said. “He’ll miss a lot, but he’s a very bright young man.
On Monday Kinley issued his own statement about the Navy’s decision to deny his opportunity to join the Buccaneers.