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Defense Secretary Approves Bucs CB Cameron Kinley’s Request to Play in the NFL

Cameron Kinley With Buccaneers Background

Pentagon has approved Cameron Kinley’s request to play football as he pursues his dream of playing in the NFL.
Kinley was signed by the Bucs as an undrafted free agent after impressing coaches at their rookie minicamp.
The Bucs have the second best odds to win Super Bowl LVI at +600.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced on Tuesday that undrafted cornerback Cameron Kinley will get a shot at fulfilling his dream of playing in the NFL.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says the US military will allow Naval Academy graduate Cameron Kinley to pursue a career in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. https://t.co/GGh72CfLYE

— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) July 6, 2021

In a statement, Austin said that he approved a plan by the Department of Navy to enlist Kinley in the Inactive Ready Reserve for the duration of his football career. Austin’s announcement comes after the Navy initially denied Kinley’s request to delay his Navy commission so he can attend training camp and pursue his ambition of playing professional football.

Undrafted Rookie

Undrafted rookie CB Cameron Kinley (@ck3thethrill) out of Navy intercepts Kyle Trask at rookie minicamp. He and Javon Hagan were PUMPED. #GoBucs #Bucs pic.twitter.com/AH2eOwj5x9

— Grace Remington (@GraceRemiWTSP) May 14, 2021

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Kinley was undrafted in the 2021 NFL Draft but impressed during the Buccaneers’ rookie minicamp where he participated with the permission of the Navy. He ended up as one of nine rookie free agents signed by the defending Super Bowl champions during the offseason.

Playing as the team captain in his senior season, Kinley started in a total of 23 games during his NCAA career. He recorded a total of 87 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble and broke up a total of 12 passes. The President of the 2021 Naval Academy Class becomes the 8th player from Navy to be signed by an NFL team as an undrafted free agent.

The 6-2, 204-pound cornerback was removed from the Buccaneers’ roster after the Navy’s first decision, meaning he will have to rejoin the team if the Bucs are still interested. However, Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians previously said that if Kinsley would become available before training camp, the team would “pick him back up”.

Bucs Second-Best Odds to Win Super Bowl LVI

Here’s a way-too-early look at who has the best chance of winning Super Bowl LVI 👀

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— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) May 7, 2021

If Kinsley does end up making the Bucs’ roster, he won’t only be fulfilling a lifelong dream of playing in the NFL, he will have a big opportunity to win a Super Bowl title as well with the Bucs having the second-best odds to win Super Bowl LVI at +600 via the BetOnline App right now.

Tampa Bay is coming off a dream season where they acquired Tom Brady before the start of the 2020 season, ended their 13-year playoff drought, and became the first team in NFL history to win the Super Bowl at their home stadium.

This season, the Bucs will be the first Super Bowl winner since 1979 to bring back every starter from their Super Bowl-winning team back. With all their pieces back for at least another season, Tampa Bay ranks high as one of the favorites to win it all during the 2021 NFL season.