The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Wednesday the team has signed wide receiver Matthew Eaton and tight end Scott Orndoff, and has been awarded tackle William Poehls off of waivers.

Eaton (6-4, 211) originally entered the league as a college free agent this past offseason. He spent time with the Green Bay Packers, before being waived in May. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Eaton played collegiately at Iowa State.

Orndoff (6-5, 255) originally entered the NFL as a college free agent in 2017 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad during that season. He has also spent time with the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars. Orndoff is a native of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania and played collegiately for four seasons at the University of Pittsburgh.

Poehls (6-8, 344) originally entered the league as a college free agent in 2014. He spent the 2019 offseason with the Indianapolis Colts before being waived. During his NFL career, he has also spent time with the Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars. A Chandler, Arizona native, Poehls played four seasons at the University of Montana.

The team also announced that tight end Donnie Ernsberger and tackle Riley Mayfield have been waived, and safety Orion Stewart has been waived (injured).

–This report courtesy of the Buccaneers communications department 


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1 year ago

Don’t think this is the last we’ll hear about potential offensive line signings. I still think there is a possibility we might see JPP shown the door in a few weeks in order to free up 7.4 million in cap space in order to pick up a cap casualty. Not saying it will happen, just saying I wouldn’t be surprised if the move occurs.

Reply to  Wright
1 year ago

I certainly hope so. To waste Cap space on a player who “may at the earliest” show up in September and pay him almost 1.5 to 2 million per game for his potential “4-5” sacks???? Give me a break; but JPP blew it, accident or not, you don’t feel sympathy or base your business decisions on a “what if”, if he returns, if he by some miracle gets in shape and lifts so many weights and runs so many reps he is at 85%?

1 year ago

As far as JPP is concerned, I think the decision will be based upon if they feel he’s done for the year or if he can successfully come back. That end of August assessment will be critical. Hopefully, they will get multiple opinions.

Reply to  nitey
1 year ago

Yup, however, if he comes back late October he’s already missing potentially half the season, people think he’ll really be in game shape then? Vita Vea missed the entire camp, 4 preseason games, and 3 games and he didn’t start showing up till the later half the season. At that point you’re spending the rest of his 7.4 salary for production at that point that might be better served fixing this bad OL.

Alldaway 2.0
1 year ago

I agree the most transactions throughout the remainder of the off season will be along the OL. To me that area needs a lot of help and most NFL teams are hurting there as well in terms of depth (eg Patriots).

1 year ago

Vea was a rookie and needed camp. JPP does not.

Reply to  76Buc
1 year ago

Agree. I think JPP will play and be good again this year.

1 year ago

JPP is done with football. Upon maximum improvement his doctors will advise not to risk any future permanent disability to an athlete who is over 30 years old, a 10 year vet and a man who made over 100 mill. Would you play again? Why would you want to? I’m just saying…