The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed third-round draft pick Myron Lewis to a four-year contract, the team announced.
Lewis, who going into last fall was considered a potential late-first round selection, slid down the draft board to the Bucs, who drafted him 67th overall. Tampa is looking to revamp its defense with an infusion of youth.
The Vanderbilt product made 36 consecutive starts in college. He finished with 10 interceptions, 10 ½ tackles for loss and five sacks, showing his versatility as a playmaker.
The Bucs also released defensive end Maurice Evans, who finished last season on the practice squad injured reserve. The year before Jevan Snead, a Bucs rookie quarterback left school too early, Evans was the poster child for college players who made a bad decision and left school too early. He had a solid camp last summer with the New York Giants, but nothing is guaranteed to undrafted players and then Evans bounced around the league. Now, he’s looking for work again.
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