The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been busy this week with the on-field workouts allowed in Phase II of the NFL's offseason workout program. The players took a break from that program on Wednesday, but upstairs the work continued at One Buccaneer Place.
On Wednesday, the Buccaneers announced the signing of rookie defensive tackle
The only players on the Bucs' 90-man offseason roster who remain unsigned are second-round cornerback
The 6-1, 307-pound Spence is considered a strong candidate to win the starting nose tackle job vacated by Roy Miller. At the University of Illinois, he started all 38 games in which he appeared over three seasons, seeing action at both the nose and three-technique spots. An extremely strong lineman who can take on double teams, he also has a quick first step that gives him pass-rush potential up the middle.
Spence recorded 186 tackles, 3.5 sacks 17.5 tackles for loss and 26 quarterback pressures during his tenure with the Illini. He had a career-best 72 tackles in 2012 and earned second-team All-Big Ten honors. He played his prep football in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.