Lovie Turns To Speedy Rutgers LBFebruary 19th, 2014
Joe needed a mop to soak up all the irony on this one: the Bucs have signed former Rutgers linebacker Damaso Munoz out of the Canadian Football League.
The 5-11, 220-pound weak side linebacker played four seasons under Greg Schiano at Rutgers and was part of the University High probe in South Florida before heading to the Canadian Football League. He eventually settled in with the Edmonton Eskimos and built up his playing time over the past few seasons.
Shelton Quarles is the Buccaneers’ director of pro scouting, but Lovie Smith also knows a bit about Munoz after giving him a sniff in Bears camp years ago.
From what Joe’s read in reports out of the Edmonton newspapers, Munoz still has the 4.5, 40-yard-dash speed he had in college. That could make the 27-year-old an intriguing body on special teams and at least in possession of the wheels Lovie wants from his linebackers.
Yes, he’s probably just a training camp body. But it’s worth scrutinizing whoever Lovie releases and signs at this point, in order to get a sense of what the new regime is seeking.