The last piece of the 2021 rookie class puzzle has been filled. The Bucs have signed offensive lineman Robert Hainsey to his rookie contract on Wednesday, per Rick Stroud. The deal is for four-years. Hainsey was the last rookie from the Bucs’ 2021 draft class to sign with the organization.
Bucs have signed OL Robert Hainsey to a four year contract. Third round pick from Notre Dame is in the fold
It comes at the right time as well with rookies reporting for training camp on July 21st. They were supposed to report on Tuesday, but the Bucs were visiting the White House and meeting the president. Training camp for the entire Bucs roster will start on Sunday, July 25th.
Hainsey was selected in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. He was a three-year starter at offensive tackle and two-time captain at his college. He’ll help add depth to the Bucs’ offensive line, who have backup tackle Josh Wells and backup guard Aaron Stinnie as the most reliable linemen after the starters. If you recall, Stinnie took over for Alex Cappa in the postseason after he suffered a season ending injury and did a formable job filling in.
What enticed the Bucs to select Hainsey was the versatility they saw from him in the Senior Bowl. Hainsey only played tackle at school but was willing to take reps at center and guard in front of scouts even though he’s never played there before.
The Bucs like the new versatility that he brings to the roster. They have options to play him almost anywhere on the offensive line. It could potentially lead to a starting position in a season or two from now depending on if the Bucs choose to re-sign Cappa and Ryan Jensen.
“We see him as a real versatile guy,” general manager Jason Licht said after drafting Hainsey. “He has all the traits that our current group has. I think he’s going to fit in great. He’s going to be a guy that we can hopefully plug in a four positions; be a four-spot guy at some point.”