TAMPA, FL (via Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications, May 21, 2014) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed tight end Cameron Brate, wide receiver Quintin Payton, quarterback Alex Tanney and tight end Ian Thompson.

Brate (6-5, 249, Harvard), Payton (6-4, 212, North Carolina State) and Thompson (6-4, 234, Louisiana-Lafayette) are rookie free agents, with Brate and Thompson participating in rookie mini-camps recently with Minnesota and Houston, respectively.

Tanney (6-4, 220) entered the NFL in 2012 as a college free agent from Monmouth (IL), where he set the NCAA record for all-time career touchdown passes with 157. Tanney has been a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns, including spending the final five weeks of the 2013 season on the Browns active roster.

The team also announced that it has waived defensive lineman David Hunter, punter Jacob Schum and quarterback Brett Smith.