Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Alex Tanney and Cameron Brate

Aug 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Alex Tanney (7) throws a pass in the first quarter of the game against the Houston Texans at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers apparently didn’t feel the need to sign anyone out of rookie minicamp, but they signed two players who worked out for the team today.

Quarterback Alex Tanney and tight end Cameron Brate have both signed deals with the Bucs according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.

As Caplan mentions, Tanney may get a chance to compete to be the third string quarterback for the Bucs, where he would battle with Mike Kafka and UDFA signing Brett Smith. I wrote earlier today about the Bucs’ quarterback depth chart and now Tanney can be added to the mix.

Tanney has spent time with the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys but has never attempted a pass in the NFL. He played college football at Monmouth College, a D-III school.

Brate, on the other hand, played college football at Harvard. The Bucs currently have four tight ends on the roster (Brandon Myers, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tim Wright, Luke Stocker) so the chances of Brate making the team are slim to none. The Bucs also released Tom Crabtree over the weekend to alleviate some of their tight end overload, but after the Brate signing, they are now back to having five tight ends on the roster. Like recent additions in the receiving game, Brate is tall — he’s 6’5.

Over a three-year career at Harvard, Brate made 91 catches for 1,381 yards and caught 18 touchdowns. He went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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