Bucs add another runningback

The Bucs signed rookie runningback Derek Watson to a three year contract yesterday afternoon. Watson has played for South Carolina and South Carolina State.

Watson participated in three day rookie mincamp held by the Bucs this past weekend. Watson impressed Gruden and the coaching staff enough to get a contract at the end of the rookie minicamp.
“He blew it up at the minicamp,” [Watson's trainer Emery] Williams said. “All three days, he shocked the fool out of them.”

Watson was one of 20 players participating in the minicamp.
“There are four or five guys who are here who we’ll find a way to get on our roster, I believe,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden said at the conclusion of the minicamp on Sunday morning. “This was a strong cast of players.”

Of course, Watson's signing makes Charlie Garner's departure from the Bucs all that more likely.

Watson does have a troubling past that includes several criminal and misdemenor charges, including assault, driving without a license and possession of marijuana.

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