TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Storm has acquired three-year veteran offensive lineman R.J. Bibbs, announced vice president of football operations, Jeff Gooch.
“R.J. is a versatile lineman that can play at multiple positions on the offensive line,” said Gooch. “He is durable and brings veteran leadership to our line and locker room.”
Bibbs (6-foot-2, 325 lbs., Miles) enters his fourth season in the Arena Football League with the Storm. The Pleasant Grove, Alabama native played last season with the New Orleans Voooo, starting in 9-of-11 games on the offensive line. Bibbs began his AFL career with Jacksonville Sharks in 2013. He would spend two seasons with the Sharks, playing at all positions on the offensive line. For his career, Bibbs has rushed 15 times for 33 yards and three touchdowns. He spent training camp with the Orlando Predators to start the 2016 season.
Prior to turning pro, Bibbs played collegiately at Miles College. The former Golden Bear would go on to play the center position and was selected to the Division II/III All-American Bowl All-Star Game following the 2009 season.
The Storm has also activated veteran wide receiver V’Keon Lacey.
Lacey (6-foot-4, 218 lbs., Angelo State) enters his fourth season in the Arena Football League and his first in a Storm uniform. The Arlington, Texas native comes to the Storm after spending the 2015 season with the Portland Thunder. During his time in Portland, Lacey solidified himself as one of the top receivers in the AFL. He was the team’s leading receiver, hauling in 113 passes for 1,217 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Lacey began his professional career in 2012 with the Jacksonville Sharks. He would go on to start 9-of-14 games for the Philadelphia Soul in 2014, reeling in 42 passes for 457 yards and 13 touchdowns. For his career, Lacey has started in 26-of-31 games, including playoff appearances. He has compiled a total of 155 receptions for 1,647 yards and 43 touchcowns.