The Buccaneers signed three players to future contracts: safety M.D. Jennings, tight end Taylor Sloat and punter Chase Tenpenny.
The most notable of the bunch is M.D. Jennings. The former Packer went undrafted in 2011, but appeared in 47 games with Green Bay from his rookie year to 2013. Of the 47 games, Jennings (6-0, 187) started 26, notching 133 tackles and one interception that he returned 72 yards for a touchdown. Jennings spent the 2014 preseason with the Bears, and later had a tryout with the Seahawks in September.
The Buccaneers now have five safeties on their roster, with Jennings (26), Bradley McDougald (24), Dashon Goldson (30), Keith Tandy (25) and Shelton Johnson (24).
Sloat, a rookie out of UC- Davis, has never appeared in a game but spent brief time (Oct. 1-8 and Nov. 25- Dec. 10) on the Buccaneers’ practice squad in 2014. The team’s tight ends currently include Sloat (22), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (22), Brandon Myers (29), Luke Stocker (26) and Cameron Brate (23).
Tenpenny, also a rookie, spent a short period in August on the Chargers practice squad. He played in college at Nevada, averaging 43.9 yards per punt, a school record. He joins Michael Koenen (32) as one of the team’s two punters.
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