The Buccaneers signed third-round draft pick, linebacker Quincy Black, to his rookie contract on Wednesday.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In order to make room for Black on their offseason roster, the Bucs released rookie quarterback Zac Taylor, who played collegiately at Nebraska.Â
Black was the 68th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. He ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, which was one of the fastest times for linebackers.
The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Black was a productive linebacker at New Mexico, where he notched 195 tackles, nine pass breakups, 4.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and 1.5 sacks over his three-year career.
Black played an unconventional role on defense at New Mexico for Coach Rocky Long. Black’s position was called the “Lobo,” which called for him to line up at a deep linebacker/safety hybrid position.
The “Lobo” position was made famous by Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who played at New Mexico during the 1998-99 seasons.
Although Barrett Ruud likely will start at middle linebacker, Black is expected to compete for playing time in training camp and preseason.
In addition to those two roster moves, the Bucs made two other moves, claiming center/guard Enoka Lucas off waivers from the Houston Texans and waiving rookie G Anthony Wollschlager.Â
The Bucs are scheduled to report to Celebration Hotel for the start of training camp on Thursday. Three first day draft picks, defensive end Gaines Adams (first round), guard Arron Sears (second round) and safety Sabby Piscitelli (second round) remain unsigned.Â
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