The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed 2010 draft selection CB Myron Lewis to a four-year contract. Lewis who sustained an abdominal injury during rookie camp has been unable to practice during the teams organized team activities (OTAs). The 6-foot-2, 203-pound Lewis is projected to be competing with Elbert Mack and E.J. Biggers to be the teams’ third cornerback on the depth chart. The Bucs view Lewis as a potential long-term replacement for veteran Ronde Barber.
Lewis was the Buccaneers third-round selection (67th overall) in this year’s NFL Draft out of Vanderbilt University. He played in 46 games career games with 36 consecutive starts for the Commodores, accumulating 170 tackles, 5.0 sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss, 26 passes defensed, 10 interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. His 10 interceptions tied for the ninth-most in Vanderbilt history.
To make room for Lewis on the 80-man roster the team announced they have released DE Maurice Evans. Evans spent time on the Buccaneers practice squad in 2009 and finished the season on the team’s Practice Squad Injured.
Lewis is the second draft pick to be signed by the Bucs. Leaving seven rookies unsigned including top pick Gerald McCoy.