The Tampa Bay Buccaneers issued a press release Wednesday announcing that linebacker Jeremiah George has signed his exclusive rights contract.
The 24-year-old just completed his second pro season and joined Tampa Bay a week prior to its opening day home loss to Tennessee. The Bucs acquired George a day after he was waived by Jacksonville.
The 5-foot-11, 234-pounder played sparingly last year while appeared in 15 games. Six of his seven tackles were made on special teams and his biggest individual moment came Week 16 at home against the Chicago Bears when he blocked a Pat O’Donnell punt to set up running back Doug Martin’s touchdown run one play later.
Wednesday’s signing allows George to stay close to home, as well. He spent his college years at Iowa State but grew up in Pinellas County, graduating from Clearwater High.
George took to Twitter to express his satisfaction after receiving this latest opportunity: “All I can say is I’m thankful and grateful. I’ll let my actions say the rest!”
Retaining George gives the Bucs eight linebackers on its current active roster, joining Kwon Alexander, Lavonte David, Darius Eubanks, Adarius Glanton, Josh Keyes, Jermauria Rasco and Daryl Smith.