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Towson football player Ryan Delaire. Courtesy Towson University
Towson football player Ryan Delaire. Courtesy Towson University (Courtesy Towson University / Baltimore Sun)

Towson pass rusher Ryan Delaire has agreed to a free agent deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to sources.

The deal includes a $15,000 signing bonus, a high figure for an undrafted free agent.

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The defensive end-outside linebacker went undrafted. He worked out for the Ravens and Washington Redskins at their local prospect days.

Delaire drew strong reviews for his performance at his campus Pro Day workout, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7 to 4.8 seconds with a 33 1/2 inch vertical leap at Johnny Unitas Stadium with Ravens coach John Harbaugh in attendance.

The 6-foot-4, 257-pound defensive end might project to outside linebacker in 3-4 defensive schemes in the NFL.

Twenty-five scouts from 23 NFL teams attended his workout on the Towson campus. That included representatives from the Philadelphia Eagles, Ravens, Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, St. Louis Rams, Falcons, Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and the Miami Dolphins.

Growing up in Connecticut, Delaire played basketball until his senior year of high school before earning a scholarship to Massachusetts-Amherst. After transferring to Towson, Delaire emerged as a third-team All-American and finished with 22.5 career sacks.

Delaire had 11 sacks, 14.5 tackles for losses and three forced fumbles last season before having to decline invitations to all-star games because of his knee surgery.

"Ryan brings something a little bit different because normally with someone that long, you don't associate speed and quickness, but he has it," Towson coach Rob Ambrose told The Baltimore Sun last month. "His former days as a basketball player have served him quite well. There aren't that many guys that big and and tall that are physical and quick. He has the ability to get low and bend.

"You usually only see that from a guy like Elvis Dumervil, who's, sorry, 5-11 in cleats and Ryan is 6-4, flat-footed. He's been a complete sponge as a player. He can't learn enough. The fact that he still has room to grow at the next level is exciting."

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