(via Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has re-signed safety Chris Conte and running back Jacquizz Rodgers.
Conte (6-2, 203) has started 24 of the 28 games he has played for Tampa Bay over the past two seasons, totaling 142 tackles (seven for loss), 11 passes defensed, four interceptions (returned 69 yards with one touchdown), two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, along with six special teams tackles. Prior to joining the Buccaneers in 2015, Conte spent four seasons with the Chicago Bears (2011-14), entering the league as a third-round pick (93rd overall) of the Bears in the 2011 NFL Draft. In his career, Conte has started 76-of-85 games, recording 367 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 32 passes defensed, 13 interceptions (returned 193 yards with one touchdown), three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, with 11 special teams tackles.
A native of Los Angeles, Conte played collegiately at California.
Rodgers (5-6, 205) played in 10 games for Tampa Bay last season after joining the team in Week 2. He led the team with a career-high 560 rushing yards last season, including a pair of 100-yard games, in wins at Carolina and at San Francisco.
In his career, Rodgers has played in 78 regular season games, with 10 starts, rushing 448 times for 1,717 yards and seven touchdowns, while catching 169 passes for 1,212 yards and five touchdowns and returning 50 kickoffs for 1,192 yards. The Richmond, Texas native has also played in three postseason contests, rushing 20 times for 96 yards and catching six passes for 26 yards.
Rodgers originally entered the league as a fifth-round draft pick (145th overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2011 NFL Draft. Rodgers, who played collegiately at Oregon State, spent four seasons with Atlanta (2011-14) before joining Chicago in 2015.
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