As the Bucs continue to sign their draft class, the next player to sign is fourth-round punter Jake Camarda. The team announced they have signed Camarda to his rookie contract on Thursday.

Camarda provides more than just punting, as he is also a capable holder and kickoff specialist. Those current duties belong to Bradley Pinion, who remains on the roster, as does Sterling Hofrichter. Head coach Todd Bowles says he does not expect to carry all three punters into training camp. Hofrichter is the cheaper option, as he is on a minimum deal. Pinion will count $2.9 million against the cap, with no dead money charge.

The Bucs selected Camarda with the 133rd pick in the fourth round in this year’s draft. He spent four years as the Georgia Bulldogs’ punter, starting as a true freshman. In his four years with the Bulldogs, he averaged 45.8 yards per punt. He downed 70 of 140 punts inside the 20-yard line. On his 102 kickoffs, 71 of them went for touchbacks as well. Selected as the SEC special Teams Player of the Year in 2020, he also was named first team All-SEC in both 2020 and 2021. The Bucs now have six of eight draft picks under contract.

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Horse
Horse
25 days ago

Hopefully he will be here for a long time. I like the pick.

fredster
fredster
Reply to  Horse
25 days ago

I’ll “like” the pick if he doesn’t flame out like the rest of kickers we have drafted and wasted locks on. Aguayo was also best in college….

gcolerick
gcolerick
Reply to  fredster
25 days ago

Negative Nancy

scubog
scubog
Reply to  fredster
24 days ago

Seems to me we gave up just a bit too soon on Pro Bowl kicker Matt Gay, who just for spite, hit the game-winner to end out repeat hopes. Martin “Automatica” Gramatica was a pretty good choice as well. No different than any other draft pick.

seat26
seat26
22 days ago

I pray he doesn’t end up like the last 2 kickers we drafted.