Bucs after Dark: 3 AAF players the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could sign

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA - MARCH 31: Detail shot of Atlanta Legends helmet before the game against the Birmingham Iron during the Alliance of American Football game at Legion Field on March 31, 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA - MARCH 31: Detail shot of Atlanta Legends helmet before the game against the Birmingham Iron during the Alliance of American Football game at Legion Field on March 31, 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images) /
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Derron Smith

Derron Smith spent three seasons in the NFL, spending all three season in Ohio with both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Browns. After getting cut in Cleveland after the 2017 season, Smith fell out of the league and landed with the San Antonio Commanders.

In his three seasons in the NFL, Smith appeared in 38 games, mainly on special teams, and did not record a start for the Browns or Bengals. He recorded only one pass defended, one fumble recovery, and seven tackles. However in the AAF, Smith was consistently one of the highest graded players in the league.

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Recording three interceptions and eight passes defended from the safety spot in San Antonio, the former Fresno State Bulldog could be looking at another shot at making an NFL roster. Smith recorded 21 total tackles in the AAF as well.

The Buccaneers secondary is in shambles, and even though new head coach Bruce Arians has stated that the cornerback group is pretty much intact besides a nickel cornerback, the team is far from done at the safety position in the third level of their defense. Even after signing Kentrell Brice, a former starter for the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay could bring Smith in to camp and allow him to compete with a group where talent is at a premium.