The Buccaneers cut tight end Jerramy Stevens on Monday morning. Stevens was arrested on Saturday night. To replace Stevens on the roster the team elevated practice squad tight end Ryan Purvis.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released tight end Jerramy Stevens. Stevens was arrested on Saturday night and charged with drug possession, intent to distribute, and possessing drug paraphernalia. The first two charges are felonies, while the last one is a misdemeanor. Stevens, 30, has been arrested numerous times and he was suspended for one game in the 2007 season and two games in 2008 due to his arrests. Starting in 1998 Stevens has been involved in eight police incidents. Once the legal process is resolved Stevens will probably face a lengthy suspension from the NFL. It is questionable that Stevens will ever play in the NFL again.
The Bucs first signed Stevens for the 2007 season. In 2008 Stevens was re-signed to a one-year contract. In March of 2009 Stevens was signed to a two-year contract. This year Stevens' salary was $1.425 million. Over the past two seasons Stevens has 18 catches for 173 yards and one touchdown. Stevens, 30, started his career with the Seattle Seahawks and was a first-round pick out of Washington.
The 6-foot-7, 260-pound tight end was known as a receiving tight end, and did not have a reputation as being a good blocker. In his nine-year NFL career Stevens has 202 catches for 2,217 yards with 35 touchdowns. In his first season with the Buccneers Stevens caught 18 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns. In 2008 he had 36 receptions for 397 yards and two touchdowns. Last year he had 15 catches for 130 yards and one touchdown. This year Stevens has three catches for 43 yards.
Tampa Bay filled Stevens roster spot with tight end Ryan Purvis. Purvis was on the Bucs practice squad this season and in 2009 after being an undrafted free agent from Boston College. Purvis (6-4, 260) is regarded as a solid blocker and developing pass catcher.
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