The Buccaneers reached an agreement with free agent tight end Dallas Clark on Monday in an effort to bolster their tight end position. Clark will compete to replace Kellen Winlsow as the Buccaneers' primary receiving tight end. Winslow announced Monday he was told he is no longer part of the Bucs' future plans and will be traded or released.
The Buccaneers wasted no time in finding an eventual replacement for tight end Kellen Winslow, signing former Indianapolis Colts Pro Bowl tight end Dallas Clark to a contract Monday, according to multiple Internet reports.
While Winslow is still technically a Buccaneer, the veteran tight end announced on Monday morning that head coach Greg Schiano told him Saturday that Tampa Bay was moving in a different direction and would no longer need his services. He said the Bucs would attempt to trade him or release him. Winslow was not at last week's OTAs (organized team activities).
Clark, who will turn 32 in June, has been hampered by injuries the last two seasons, including a wrist injury in 2010 that required surgery.
In 2010, Clark had 34 receptions for 357 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games for the Colts. During his nine-year NFL career, the former Hawkeye in has totaled 427 receptions for 4,887 (11.4 average) and 46 touchdowns. In Tampa Bay's 24-17 victory over Indianapolis on Monday Night Football last year, Clark caught three passes for 46 yards, including a season-long 21-yarder.
The 2003 first-round pick by the Colts has his best season in 2009, earning a Pro Bowl nomination after catching 100 passes for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns.
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