The Bucs’ have signed former Carolina Panthers cornerback Ross Cockrell to their practice squad, per Greg Auman of The Athletic.

In addition to signing Cockrell, the Bucs have promoted tight end Tanner Hudson to their 53-man roster and have re-signed center Zack Shackleford to their practice squad.

Cockrell, now in is sixth season, was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round in 2014 before playing two years with Pittsburgh and a season with both the Giants and Panthers.

Cockrell has played in 68 games, starting 43 of them, over his five years in the NFL, totaling 44 passes defended, one forced fumble and seven interceptions. A veteran presence in the locker room, Cockrell is now the oldest and most experienced cornerback on the Bucs’ roster.

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8 months ago

Even if he’s not a star and isn’t that much of a Veteran, he’s still got twice as much time in the league as the next guy. His experience will be valuable in the locker room, film room, and the sidelines.

8 months ago

He kind of reminds me of Vernon Hargreaves III.

Reply to  BigSombrero
8 months ago

Gator fan says Ouch

Reply to  Gatordoc1
8 months ago

VH3 started 41 games, 10 INTs, 1 FF, 27 PDs
Cockrell started 43 games, 7 INTs, 1 FF, 44 PDs
Both are 5’11

I’m not trolling, just saying they are similar. Geez.

8 months ago

I knew they had their eye on someone when they cut Wilkens

Hockey Duckie
8 months ago

Why did we promote a TE when we’re deep with TE’s despite Auclair being injured? Are we gonna trade a TE? hahahhaha

Reply to  Hockey Duckie
8 months ago

Bucs have 18.5 million reasons to use their tight ends. The breakdown is 9.25 to Gronk, 4.25 to Brate, 3.5 to OJ, and 1.25 to Auclair.