The Buccaneers announced today that RB LeGarrette Blount and WR Preston Parker signed their exclusive-rights tender offers. In a somewhat surprising move Tampa Bay also announced they have released backup QB Rudy Carpenter.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster shuffle and revamping continued today with the announcement that RB LeGarrette Blount and WR Preston Parker have signed their exclusive-rights tender offers. In addition to the Bucs re-signing Parker and Blount, Tampa Bay surprised many by announcing that they have waived QB Rudy Carpenter.
Blount has led the Buccaneers in rushing in each of the last two seasons. In 2010, his first year out of Oregon, Blount led all rookies with 1,007 rushing yards on 201 carries (5.0 avg.). In doing so, he became the third rookie in team history and the just second undrafted rookie in NFL history to finish with more than 1,000 yards in a single season.
In 14 games last season, all of them starts, Blount recorded 781 yards and five touchdowns on 184 rushes (4.2 avg.). He also made 15 receptions for 148 yards (9.9 avg.).
New head coach Greg Schiano has praised Blount and his running style this spring but also put the former Duck, along with anyone who handles the football, on notice that turnovers are unacceptable. Blount had five fumbles last season, losing three.
Some mock drafts have the Buccaneers selecting former Alabama star Trent Richardson with the No. 5 pick later this month, something Blount told CBSSports.com blogger Will Brinson on Tuesday he is opposed to.
“I would not like that pick,” Blount said. “I would definitely not be happy with that pick."
Parker originally joined the Buccaneers in 2010 as a college free agent from North Alabama. As a rookie, he played nine games and recorded four catches for 42 yards.
In 2011, Parker played in all 16 games, finishing fourth on the team with 40 receptions, third with 554 receiving yards, and tied for second with three touchdown catches. Parker became one of quarterback Josh Freeman’s favorite receivers, especially on third down making several clutch receptions through the season to keep the chains moving.
The release of Carpenter comes as a bit of a surprise, especially with the Buccaneers declining to retain the services of Josh Johnson who signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers last month. The Buccaneers added former Lions and Colts QB Dan Orlovsky during the first week of free agency with the intention of replacing Johnson as the backup quarterback. The only other Bucs’ rostered quarterback is former Utah QB Brett Ratliff. The former Ute has also had stints with the Jets, Browns, Patriots and Jaguars, but has never attempted a regular season pass in the NFL.
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