The Bucs had two spots open on their roster after placing T.J. Logan and Jonathan Franklin to injured reserve and have filled both of those spots by signing a center and re-signing a receiver who was on the Bucs roster last season.
Adam Schefter has reported that the Bucs are signing center A.Q. Shipley, while Greg Auman of The Athletic reports that the Bucs are re-signing Spencer Schnell just a little over three weeks after releasing him on July 31st.
Former Cardinals’ center A.Q. Shipley is reuniting with his former Arizona HC Bruce Arians in Tampa, per source. The two sides have reached agreement, pending physical when protocol allows.
Shipley has familiarity with Bruce Arians from playing with the Arizona Cardinals from 2015-2019. Arians was his coach for the first three seasons there.
A long time veteran in the NFL, Shipley was drafted by the Steelers in seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft and remained on the practice squad. One year later he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and played there for two seasons, followed by stops with the Colts in 2012 and 2014 and the Ravens in 2013 before heading to Arizona. He has started in 70 career games, including every regular season game in three of the last four years.
Shipley joins a crowded room at center with Anthony Fabiano and Zach Shackleford lobbying for the backup job behind starter Ryan Jensen.
Schnell made some noise in training camp last year for the Bucs but got released in the final round of roster cuts before the first game of the season. He was then signed to the practice squad on December 16th and promoted to the Bucs active roster on December 18th where he played in one game mainly on special teams and had two punt returns for three yards.
With Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller and Justin Watson poised for the top receiver roles, Schnell will be in a battle with Bryant Mitchell, Cyril Grayson Jr, Tyler Johnson, John Hurst and Josh Pearson for the fifth and potentially sixth receiver spot depending on how many they’ll keep at the position.
There’s also a possibility that Schnell will get a look at punt return where rookies Raymond Calais, Antoine Winfield Jr. and the second-year receiver Miller have received opportunities.