The Buccaneers put their name in the running to try and sign Olympic silver medalist and former Florida Gator running back Jeff Demps earlier this week, but word has com down that Tampa won’t be his home this season.
Ian Rapoport is reporting that Demps will sign with the New England Patriots. No official word from Demps agent has been announced, but New England, along with the New York Jets, were two teams high on his list.
Breaking: Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps will sign a contract to play for the
#Patriots, per 1 of his agents, Nohemy Baltodano. Wow!
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 17, 2012
NFL reporter Adam Caplan is standing behind this rumor, claiming it’s fact because ‘signed’ and ‘agreed’ are two different terms.
Demps skipped heading to the NFL so he could utilize his track and field skills that made him a star at FLorida, to help the men’s USA track team qualify for the 2012 London Games.
Although he didn’t race in the final 4×100, but he helped put the American’s in a position to win the silver. Had the Jamaican’s not had Usain Bolt on their side, Demps may be in possession of a gold medal at the moment. Even though Demps wasn’t on the 4×100 team that raced in the final, he still received a medal for racing in the qualifying race beforehand.
Had he come to Tampa, Demps would have added spped without a doubt. It’s hard to say where the Bucs would have put him, seeing as both the running back and wide receiver slots are pretty much full up, but he would have been utilized in some fashion, perhaps even on special team as a return man.
The Bucs will get a look at how Demps could have been used when the New England Patriots travel to Tampa and Raymond James Stadium next Friday night.