Correction: In the original article published last Saturday, PewterReport.com mistakenly reported that Bobby Rainey had been tendered an offer by Tampa Bay which was incorrect.
The frenzy of Tampa Bay retaining some of their own free agents continued late Saturday afternoon with the re-signing of safety Major Wright, defensive end Larry English and special teams standout linebacker Jason Williams.
Wright, who played for Smith in Chicago, saw action in 12 games for the Buccaneers in 2014, starting seven and totaled 51 tackles and one pass breakup.
English, a former first round pick of the Chargers, joined the Bucs during the preseason last year, was cut and then re-signed in September. English played in 12 games for the Bucs in 2014 and had 12 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.
Earlier in the day on Saturday Tampa Bay re-signed tight end Luke Stocker to a three-year deal.The contract was first reported by Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times, and PewterReport.com has since learned it is a three-year deal but financial terms are still unknown.
Over the past four seasons Stocker has recorded 35 receptions for 298 yards and one touchdown. In 2014, he contributed with 26 catches for 41 yards.
Due to Stocker’s versatility, combined with 2015’s weak tight end draft class, this move doesn’t come as a surprise. The Buccaneers are continuing to get a head start with their own players before free agency begins on March 10 and have re-signed potential unrestricted free agents Mike Jenkins and Louis Murphy in addition to Stocker. Tampa Bay still has a number of other free agents including linebacker Mason Foster and Adrian Clayborn, but the Bucs are expected to allow them to test the free agent market. Both have been rumored to have the Atlanta Falcons interested in their services.
Earlier this week Tampa Bay tendered contracts offers to exclusive right free agents linebacker Danny Lansanah and safety Bradley McDougald. In addition to the mentioned free agents, the Bucs also could potentially lose, defensive linemen Da’Quan Bowers, Lawrence Sidbury, offensive lineman Oniel Cousins and linebacker Dane Fletcher.
– Zach Shapiro contributed to this report
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I actually like this signing. Hopefully, one day, he’ll reach his potential… Good depth. I’d love to see less of a revolving door with the Bucs’ players ala Dungy era with more career Buc players. I hope they can resign Foster and Clayborn as well… e
Agree Mac, signing Stocker again is dumb. The guy is ALWAYS hurt! He’s not that good when he’s even in the field. Jenkins too. Waste of money. Stocker is good blocker maybe they will convert him to fullback. Lol. I see some positives, but still so many holes to fill and so many goofy moves has me not expecting much in next few years….wish that wasn’t the case.
I remember when Bill Parcells who was a great evaluator of talent said potential is when a player has done nothing. He is right on target with Bowers, another dud from Clemson. With the continued signing of all our players that have potential, I guess we will be at the bottom of the heap for a few more years. When the potential comes out they will be to old and have to be replaced. A three year deal for Stocker is just plain stupid IMO.
Bowers, the guy who came to camp two years in a row OUT OF SHAPE ? way to go boys. This team was 2-14 last year, how are we going to improve with the same lazy players ?
?? Bowers was not resigned So idk what some of you are talking about
No, but they are trying to resign him. The guy came to camp two years in a row and you are trying to resign him ? Why waste your time on a player that has had four years on a team and don’t think enough about the team to come to camp in shape. He is a player that wants the money but no desire to work for it.
I don’t think they are interested in bringing Bowers back.
I agree, I don’t like him eithier nor do I want him back. too bad he doesn’t love the game, he couldve been a good one.
Thanks for the article Mark, and for easing our minds that the Bucs do not seem in favor resigning Bowers. I am with all of you on Stocker,
I have no problem with the team re-signing its own players and bringing the to Training Camp to compete. Signing them now doesn’t assure them of a starter’s role or even making the 53 man roster. Stocker remained healthy and played fairly well last year in what he was asked to do. Jenkins earned the starting job at CB going into the season opener so he must have shown something to the coaching staff. But here in Bucville some have little tolerance for an injured player and always think different is better. Last year we thought different would be better with the releases of Penn, Joseph and Zuttah. How’d that work out? None of these recent signings should be considered our starters at this point and not also bring in legitimate competition. Stocker as the 4th TE, Wright as the 4th S and Jenkins as the 4th CB provides pretty good depth. We need to slow down the revolving door.
Not a fan of Wright but maybe another year in the system might help…hate to see Clayborn go but his size has hindered him every year these tackles just push him around.
these signings are fine as back ups and for special teams. We have to hit on 3 draft picks that can provide contributions as starters and q in Free Agency. Hopefully we’ll get 6-7 wins this year.
A team that kept Maurice Stovall on the roster for years would of course resign Stocker to a 3 yr contract, lets resign Leonard Johnson too before free agency begins, lol
Don’t forget Myron Lewis….I still understand that whole episode…
Let look very closely at what tampa may do and smoke screens. Lets cut players that didnot live up to what they thought they bring. There is alot of players that could served as a temp fix in tampa. Maybe they can sell this is what we will pay you right now and put clauses in saying that if they improved in certain areas. They would get additional $$ at the end of each season.Go bucs
Can’t get excited about resigning a bunch of guys from a 2-14 team…
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