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Roster Move: Tampa Bay Vipers Sign TE McKever, Waive WR Coley

Tampa Bay's roster transaction involving McKever (via Twitter @XFLVipers)

Today the Tampa Bay Vipers announced the following roster move: the team has signed tight end Pharoah McKever, and waived wide receiver Stacy Coley.

McKever was with the Vipers during training camp before being cut from the 52-man roster. He was a part of the league’s ‘Team 9‘. The six-foot-six-inch tight end from Florida International University bounced around NFL practice squads for a few years and was most recently with the Green Bay Packers.

The Vipers traded for Coley from the Dallas Renegades during training camp, sending wide receiver Freddie Martino, who has since made the Renegades roster and is expected to play in the team’s opener.

Two-weeks ago the cutting of Coley would have been a shock to Vipers fans, but with the official release of team depth charts it seemed as if Coley has fallen out of contention for playing time. Coley was slated dead-last at the wideout position among Vipers.

Vipers’ Offensive Depth Chart for Week One (via Team Email)

It was assumed wide receiver would be the position the team made a cut from after official roster announcements saw the team keep nine receivers coming out of camp. With the lower-leg injury to Antonio Callaway, that number fell to eight. Now with backup tight end DeAndre Goolsby dealing with a neck injury that held him out of practice this week, the team has brought in McKever to fill that role.

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