The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Friday that the team has signed linebacker Devante Bond, the first of the team’s two sixth-round selections in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Bond (6-1, 235) was chosen 183rd overall out of the University of Oklahoma, where he played two seasons (2015-15), appearing in 21 games, with eight starts, notching 72 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, to go along with two blocked kicks. Prior to his time at Oklahoma, the Sacramento, California native played at Sierra Community College for two seasons, tallying 77 tackles, 27.0 tackles for loss, four passes defensed and three fumble recoveries. Bond will wear No. 59 for Tampa Bay.
Earlier in the day Tampa Bay announced they had inked first rounder Vernon Hargreaves to a rookie deal, and on Thursday announced they had reached contract terms with tackle Caleb Benenoch and defensive back Ryan Smith. That leaves just Noah Spence, Roberto Aguayo and Dan Vitale as unsigned rookies from last week’s NFL draft.
The Buccaneers being a three-day rookie mini-camp on Friday and PewterReport.com will be in attendance and will have full reports.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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