The Buccaneers on Tuesday signed defensive tackle A.J. Francis, via the team’s press release.

Francis, undrafted originally out of Maryland in 2013, played on the Dolphins and Patriots practice squad his rookie season before re-signing with Miami for a full year. He was placed on IR in 2014 and later waived in November 2014.

Francis, 26, spent 2015 with the Seahawks and spent time on their practice squad and active roster throughout the season. While he signed an exclusive rights agreement on March 8, Francis was free to sign elsewhere and did so, joining Tampa Bay on May 17.

Once an honorable mention All-ACC in 2012, Francis recorded 149 tackles and 9.5 sacks in four years at Maryland. In three seasons in the NFL, spent primarily on practice squads, Francis has two career tackles. He’s worked part time as an Uber driver in recent months.

The 6-foot-5, 321-pound tackle, who co-hosts a professional wrestling podcast “Jobbing Out”, will join Gerald McCoy, Clinton McDonald, Akeem Spence and three undrafted rookies as part of the Bucs defensive tackle group.

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5 years ago

Can anybody tell me why we signed him?

5 years ago

Fodder for camp.