USD QB Reid Sinnett Signs Free-Agent Deal with NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Monday, April 27, 2020TOPICS: Alumni

QB standout Reid Sinnett signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past weekend.Reid Sinnett, starting quarterback for USD last season, signed an NFL free-agent deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sinnett completed his undergrad degree in finance in December.

Quarterback Reid Sinnett, who in 2019 led the University of San Diego football team to a Pioneer Football League championship and an FCS playoff appearance in his one season as its starter, is now a member of the National Football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Sinnett, who came to USD in 2015, redshirted that year and then sat behind record-setting Torero standout Anthony Lawrence until his opportunity arrived in 2019, signed as an undrafted free agent at the conclusion of NFL Draft on Saturday.

Significant to Sinnett, a native of Johnston, Iowa, is that his decision to sign with Tampa Bay — the Buccaneers were reportedly one of multiple NFL teams interested — means he will have the opportunity to learn the professional football level and take snaps on the same field as Tom Brady, the former New England Patriots’ six-time Super Bowl-winning signal caller, who signed with Tampa Bay earlier this spring.

Soon after he accepted the Buccaneers’ opportunity, Sinnett excitedly announced his decision on his Twitter account.

“Wow been a dream since I was kid and I get to do it with the best ever. Can’t wait to get to work!”

Sinnett, who completed his undergraduate degree in finance from USD’s School of Business in December, was congratulated by numerous friends, fans and members of the USD Athletics staff upon learning the news.

Sinnett may not have been drafted, but teams certainly knew about his play with the Toreros. A 6-foot-4, 225-pound student-athlete, Sinnett played in all 12 USD games, completing 251 of 375 pass attempts (66.9 percent) for 3,528 yards with 32 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 174 yards and six scores.

Sinnett received multiple honors through the PFL, finished 11th in the voting as a finalist for the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award, even receiving four first-place votes. Sinnett played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January, an all-star game played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. He finished third in the nation in passing efficiency, fifth in passing touchdowns and completion percentage and eighth in total offense.

The next step for Sinnett is to prepare for the Buccaneers’ offseason camp schedule and actual NFL season, assuming there will be one as the United States continues to deal with a coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has halted professional sports leagues everywhere. The NFL Draft ran as a virtual event this past week.

Whenever the call comes to begin team workouts, practices and, of course, meetings with Brady and the team’s others quarterback hopefuls, Sinnett will surely be ready.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

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