De’Vante Bausby (born January 15, 1993) is an American football cornerback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).
Bausby created a buzz prior to the 2015 NFL Draft when he jumped 37.5 inches vertically, 11 feet during the broad jump test and then ran a “wind-aided” 4.22 forty yard dash at his NFL Pro Day that took place on the Pittsburg State University campus. The Kansas City Chiefs front office then asked him to attend a second NFL Pro Day, this one held indoors, where he ran a 4.35 for NFL scouts.
Bausby signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent. He broke his collarbone in June 2015 and was released by the Chiefs.
On December 22, 2015, Bausby was signed to the Bears’ practice squad and signed a reserve/futures contract with the team on January 4. He was released on September 3, 2016, and was signed to the practice squad the next day.
He was promoted to the active roster on October 10, 2016. He was released on November 19, 2016 but was re-signed three days later. He was released again on December 13, 2016 and re-signed to the practice squad. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Bears on January 3, 2017.
On May 1, 2017, Bausby was waived by the Bears.
On May 3, 2017, Bausby signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was waived on September 2, 2017.
On September 12, 2017, Bausby was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad. With Bausby on the practice squad, the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. On February 13, 2018, Bausby re-signed with the Eagles.
On September 1, 2018, Bausby was waived by the Eagles and was signed to the practice squad the next day. He was released on September 11, 2018. He was re-signed to the practice squad on November 5, 2018. He was promoted to the active roster on November 17, 2018. On December 24, 2018, he was waived by the Eagles.
On January 9, 2019, Bausby signed with the San Antonio Commanders of the AAF. In the season opener against the San Diego Fleet, Bausby picked off quarterback Mike Bercovici in the third quarter.. At the time of the league’s suspension, Bausby was leading the AAF in pass breakups and interceptions, a number which did not include a highlight 99-yard “pick 2” play that helped seal his team’s win in week 7.
After the AAF suspended football operations, Bausby signed with the Denver Broncos on April 8, 2019. He earned a spot on the Broncos roster as the fourth cornerback on the depth chart. In Week 5, Bausby suffered a neck injury that left him immobile for a short period of time. He was placed on injured reserve on October 8, 2019.