Milanovich to sign with Bucs Passed over in draft, Maryland QB agrees to two-year contract

April 23, 1996|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

University of Maryland quarterback Scott Milanovich has agreed to a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Milanovich's agent, Tony Agnone, said the deal was completed Sunday night shortly after the seven-round NFL draft.

Milanovich will be reunited with his former quarterbacks coach at Maryland, Clyde Christensen, who now works in the same capacity with the Buccaneers.

It was Christensen who urged the Bucs' staff to sign Milanovich, who owns 12 passing records at Maryland.

"Once we got into the middle of the seventh round and he was still on the board, I told them they needed to get this guy," said Christensen. "About five seconds after the draft and we were on him. We've always had an interest in him."

Christensen said Milanovich's off-the-field problems hurt him in the draft. The senior quarterback was suspended for the first four games of the 1995 season after an NCAA investigation revealed he had bet on basketball and football games.

"The NFL is a strange business and once one person hears something, the stories start snowballing," said Christensen. "The controversy about his off-the-field problems never stopped spreading."

Milanovich was unavailable for comment.

Tampa Bay has three other quarterbacks under contract. Trent Dilfer is the starter and Casey Weldon is the backup. Kelly Holcomb, listed at No. 3, is playing with the Barcelona Dragons in the World League.

Pub Date: 4/23/96

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