While the main focus has been the defense this offseason, Tampa Bay addressed the offensive side of the ball for the first time this year in free agency, adding fomer Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree. Tampa Bay also announced contract agreements with three other players.
While the defense has been the main focus this offseason, the Buccaneers aren’t neglecting their offense completely, announcing Thursday that they have signed unrestricted free agent WR Kevin Ogletree from the Dallas Cowboys.
In addition to Olgetree, Tamp Bay confirmed the signing of former Saints linebacker Jonathan Casillas, and announced the contracts of restricted free agent RB LeGarrette Blount, exclusive rights free agent DT Corvey Irvin and also restricted free agent DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim.
Ogletree (6-1, 198), spent the past four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys playing in 46 games with two starts, recording 57 receptions for 730 yards and four touchdowns. He also returned 20 kicks for 389 yards with the Cowboys.
In 2012, Ogletree had his best season as a pro, hauling in 32 catches for 436 yards and four touchdowns. He had a career day against the New York Giants in the first week of the season, catching eight passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
Ogletree played collegiately at the University of Virginia, finishing his Cavalier career with 117 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. A New York native, he set single-season league records in receptions (61), receiving yards (1,170) and touchdowns (19) while attending Holy Cross High School (Queens, N.Y.).
Ogletree originally entered the league in 2009 as a college free agent with the Dallas Cowboys.
PewterReport.com reported Wednesday evening that the Bucs and Casillas had reached an agreement. Casillas (6-1, 227) joins the Buccaneers for his fifth NFL season after spending last four years with the New Orleans Saints. He has played in 38 games, with eight starts, recording 85 tackles, 3.0 sacks, three passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. He also had nine special teams tackles.
Last season, Casillas tied with for the team lead with two fumble recoveries, while playing in a career-best 14 games. In 2011, Casillas started five of the 13 games in which he appeared and recorded career highs with 57 tackles and three sacks, the fourth-most on the team.
As a rookie in 2009, Casillas appeared in 11 games with two starts, recording 20 tackles on defense and five on special teams. He played in all three of the Saints' postseason games, recording one tackles on defense and two on special teams, as well as recovering a third-quarter onside kick in Super Bowl XLIV, helping propel New Orleans to victory.
Casillas originally entered the league as a college free agent in 2009 out of Wisconsin. He was a three-year starter for the Badgers and recorded 246 tackles, four sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, five pass defensed, two interceptions and three blocked punts, earning All-Big Ten honorable mention selection his final three years.
Casillas is expected to provide depth at the strongside and weakside linebacker positions while also contributing on special teams.
Heading into his fourth season, Blount has played in 40 games with Tampa Bay, including 21 starts. In his three seasons with the Buccaneers, Blount has recorded 1,939 rushing yards on 426 carries (4.6 avg) and 13 rushing touchdowns.
Blount originally entered the NFL with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2010, and joined the Buccaneers after being claimed off waivers from the Titans.
Irvin, originally a third-round pick (93rd overall) of the Carolina Panthers in 2010, played in 12 games with the Buccaneers in 2012.
Te'o-Nesheim played in all 16 games with the Buccaneers this past season, with 14 starts. He recorded 39 tackles, eight tackles for loss and four sacks, all career highs. His four sacks were the third-most on the team.
Te'o-Nesheim has played two seasons with Tampa Bay after being claimed off of waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles. In his career, he has started 15 of the 23 games he has played, recording 42 tackles, nine tackles for loss and five sacks.Te'o-Nesheim originally entered the NFL with the Eagles as a third-round pick (86th overall) in 2010.
PewterReport.com has also confirmed that the Buccaneers and restricted free agent Jacob Cutrera have agreed on a one-year deal that will pay the backup linebacker a little over the veteran minumum.
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