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March 6, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
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Tampa Bay Adds TE Coffman

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PewterReport.com confirms the Buccaneers have signed former Cincinnati tight end Chase Coffman to a one-year deal. Coffman was the Bengals' third-round pick in 2009 and has seen his NFL career derailed due to injuries.
PewterReport.com can confirm that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed tight end Chase Coffman to a one-year, $540,000 contract. Coffman was the third-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009, and was viewed as a potential first-rounder before he broke his foot late in his senior season at Missouri.

Coffman has struggled to regain his pre-injury form and has been a bust thus far in his NFL career. In three seasons in Cincinnati, Coffman appeared in just six contests in the 2010 campaign, catching only three passes for 30 yards. He was inactive for the first 12 games of his NFL career in 2009 and then was placed on injured reserve in December of that year due to an ankle injury. He failed to make the Bengals active roster in 2011 and spent that season on the practice squad. In January, he was the only Bengals practice squad member that was not signed to a future contract and he became a free agent.

The Lee's Summit, Missouri native is good friends with Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman and worked out for the Bucs in February before signing with the team on February 21. Coffman's brother, Carson, was the starting quarterback at Kansas State University after Freeman left early for the NFL following the 2008 season. Coffman's father, Paul, was an NFL tight end in Green Bay and Kansas City from 1978-87.

At 6-foot-6, 257 pounds, Coffman is a big target in the passing game, but needs to find a way to become a producer like he was in college in order to salvage his NFL career. Coffman won the 2008 John Mackey Award for the nation's best tight end in college football after catching 90 passes for 987 yards and 10 touchdowns, which were all Missouri single-season records for tight ends. He finished his college career with 246 catches for 2,651 yards and 30 touchdowns.

The Buccaneers now have five tight ends on the roster, including starter Kellen Winslow, Luke Stocker, who was last year's fourth-round pick, Zach Pianalto, Collin Franklin and Coffman.
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    Wonder...what the rest of the Bucs followers think.? On the need for Pewter Report, to take a fresh look at the lack of breaking Bucs material on this site? Consistently, re-reporting info from either ProFootballTalk, NFL.com, or JoeBucsFan, all 3 sites of which don't charge their fans to enjoy. Born in Tampa, huge Bucs fan, and been viewing site for 7 years now....interested in other fans comments.?
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    I still think the Bucs shouldn't have let go of Hardy. He showed flashes last pre-season. None of the other TE's even managed that.
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    It doesn't hurt to give this unproductive TE another chance who knows if he can ressurect his career, its not like were locked up at the position could he be worse than Stocker?, lol
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    Yes scubog, and if he can stay healthy and re-gain his college form, he can be a very capable alternative for Winslow. He is also much younger than Winslow and could have a nice long career ahead of him. We still need a good blocking TE and another guard to help with the run game. I am VERY interested to see what the new o-line coach can do with Larsen. I think he is still with us, right? He really showed some promise but then faltered later on. Hopefully with some good coaching, he can once again become an NFL caliber guard.
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    I thought it interesting that much of last season Dominik was bringing in TE's for workouts that went unpublicized. Coffman's college production is appealing but he may be a little too slow to get open consistently at the NFL level. Still, at 6-6 he presents an impressive target and does have good hands. Give him a shot, there's nothing to lose in spite of the critics who scoff at this and any other signing.
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    I cannot stand negative idiots Codes!
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    You'll be alright, I'll forgive you
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    I say great we have 5 TE's ready to Go. Thats one Rookie they don't need this year in the draft. Lets see if they can get that WR from the saints, that OG from the saints, I see another RB from FA on board,How about that CB from the chiefs I believe he should be worth a nice bit of change. If we get the CB from NFL Vets then get the CB or ILB from Draft. Tampa could be back very quickly. I can't wait to see what devops.GO BUCS
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    Even if he is only camp fodder...its worth it if he regains the form he displayed in college. He is familiar with JF, and that chemistry can make a ton of difference in the long run. I like the signing.
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    I liked him in college. He's a great receiving TE. He's really more of a big WR since he played in the spread in the college and can't in-line run block. However I never saw him play for the Bengals so I don't know what he's capable of now. In short I like the signing to find out what he's got.
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    If this guy DOES get his form back he will be the best 1/2 million dollar investment they make. It's not like they are paying him huge dollars dude.
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    Luckily the Bucs don't have problems with players staying healthy, this will be a great pickup..... "oh wait". Well at least he's proven himself in the NFL...."oh dang, hold up on that as well!" Winslow and Stocker stayed hurt, so we go after another broken down TE. Is it the water in the Bucs facility that's causing this gap in logic?
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