Buccaneers sign 2nd generation QB Vincent Testaverde
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed quarterback Vincent Testaverde, whose father, Vinny, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1987 NFL draft and is still the club’s career passing leader.
The younger Testaverde played his final college season at Albany, where he transferred after playing at Texas Tech as a true freshman and spending two years at his father’s alma mater, Miami.
Vinny Testaverde won the Heisman Trophy at Miami in 1986 and spent six seasons with the Bucs (1987-1992), throwing for 14,820 yards. He also played for the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers during a 21-year career, finishing with 46,233 yards passing.
Vincent Testaverde started eight games at Albany, throwing for 1,714 yards and 11 touchdowns. He participated in the Buccaneers’ rookie minicamp this offseason and will compete for a job behind Jameis Winston, who is less than 200 yards shy of breaking Vinny Testaverde’s franchise passing record.
In other moves Monday, the Bucs placed tight end Troy Niklas (leg) on injured reserve and activated inside linebacker Jack Cichy (knee) from the physically unable to perform list.