Ryne Giddins Signs as Free Agent with Buccaneers
MAY 14, 2014, TAMPA, FL - Defensive end Ryne Giddins will be trading the green and gold of USF to the red and black of the Buccaneers; the Tampa Bay team picked up Giddins as a free agent following the NFL draft on Saturday, May 10.
As one of the highest ever high school recruits coming into USF's program, Giddins was bestowed numerous honors during his time with the Bulls, including his name on the Lombardi Award Watch List and was named First Team All-BIG EAST.
The Seffner, FL, native ended his college career with 118 total tackles, 70 solo tackles and 19.5 sacks.
'When I saw the name Joe Collins on my phone, I knew exactly who it was and what it was about,' said Giddins on receiving the life-changing news. 'I was so excited, honestly words can't express how I felt. I feel satisfied and I'm happy I got picked up, but that just means it's time to get to work now - there's a lot to do.'
Giddins follows a long line of Bulls DEs that made it to the NFL, including Jason Pierre-Paul (2010 - 15th overall) and George Selvie (2010 - 7th round).
Derek Spearman, Giddin's NFL agent, is equally enthused about his client's future in the NFL.
'Ryne had an excellent final workout, and got a lot of responses from multiple teams,' said Spearman. 'It's not a shock to me that he was picked up by the Buccaneers. Good luck, Ryne!'
The Buccaneers will hit the turf in Tampa on September 7 against the Panthers to open the 2014 season, and all eyes will surely be on Giddins.
Fans can stay up to date on all things Ryne Giddins at www.RynePGiddins.com and you can interact with him on social media via @RynePGiddins.
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