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Ex-LSU QB Jefferson impresses, earns Bucs contract

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 05:19 AM
TAMPA -

Though they spoke several times during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' rookie minicamp, former Alabama safety Mark Barron and former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson never got around to discussing the 2012 BCS title game.

That conversation will have to wait for another day that, thanks to the Bucs, likely will come sooner than later.

Impressed with Jefferson's three-day tryout, the Bucs agreed on Sunday to sign him to a contract that will allow him to stick around a while and possibly make the team.

"I thought he made consistent improvement all weekend," Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. "Each practice he got better and there is a lot of upside there. We'd like to have a chance to work with him and we'll go from there."

The team also plans to sign several other players brought in for tryouts, Schiano said, including former Largo High standout Leonard Johnson. Those signings are expected to become official today, and some of the signees could knock previously signed undrafted free agents off the roster.

"You go out there and evaluate regardless of what has been done, and that is what we did," Schiano said.

Jefferson, who was 24-8 as LSU's starter, was undrafted because of his poor throwing mechanics, pocket presence and inexperience in a pro style offense. He's grateful for an extended look with the Bucs.

"I was the second-winningest quarterback ever (at LSU), but at the same time, I'm not where I want to be and I know it," said Jefferson, whose Tigers lost the BCS title game to Alabama and Barron, the No. 7 overall draft pick.

"So I want to show that I'm a competitor and that I can be a pro-style quarterback."

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