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February 14, 2014 @ 4:31 pm
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Bucs Sign Former Bears CB Moore And TE Maneri

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Tampa Bay added two former Bears players on Friday, signing cornerback D.J. Moore and tight end Steve Maneri as unrestricted free agents. Moore was drafted by Bucs head coach Lovie Smith in Chicago and has 10 career interceptions.
NFL free agency doesn’t officially kick off until the second week of March, but the Buccaneers have already begun adding players to their roster. Players who were not on a roster at the end of the 2013 season are free to sign anytime and Tampa Bay took advantage of that on Friday adding former Bears cornerback D. J. Moore and tight end Steve Maneri.

The 5-9, 190-pound Moore played two games with the Carolina Panthers last season and was released in October. Moore signed with the Panthers as an unrestricted free agent in 2013 following four seasons with the Chicago Bears, and recorded five tackles with the Panthers before suffering a knee injury and being inactive for four games. The Bears under Lovie Smith drafted Moore out of Vanderbilt in the fourth round in 2009. Moore played in 45 games with three starts from 2009-12. His career totals include 123 tackles, one sack, 10 interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and 22 pass breakups.

Bucs fans will remember Moore from his game-clinching interception in London in 2011 as the Buccaneers were driving late before eventually losing 24-18 to the Bears. Moore picked off quarterback Josh Freeman who was looking for Preston Parker with :37 seconds left in the game.Tampa Bay never won another game that season, finishing 4-12 and costing Raheem Morris his job.

Maneri, who is listed at 6-7, 280-pounds, is a converted offensive tackle and considered a strong blocker.  Over his career, Maneri has played in 23 games and started 10, recording six catches for 52 yards. Maneri also played for the Chicago Bears last fall, appearing in four games with one start before being waived in October.  He saw his most extensive action with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012, starting eight of 13 games, often in two-TE sets, and catching five passes for 51 yards. Maneri first came to the Chiefs in September of 2011 as a waiver claim from the New England Patriots after the final round of NFL roster cuts. 

The former Temple standout first entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in 2010, eventually splitting his rookie season between the active roster and the practice squad in New England.

So far this offseason the Buccaneers have added former Eagles QB Mike Kafka and released tackle Gabe Carimi, running back Michael Hill, defensive tackle Derek Landri and quarterback Jordan Rodgers.

– Part of this report was courtesy of the Buccaneers Communications Department

Last modified on Friday, 14 February 2014 16:50

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    Well Guys this is a great start. I think Tampa could move down no more then 17 slots and pick up a 2nd round or a 3rd rd player or both 2 & 3 rd players besides.I love the new qb and the other players that has come on board-go bucs
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    I could see the Rams wanting to move up from #13. We'd still get a CJ Mosley, Ra'Shede Hageman, Taylor Lewan, Derek Carr, Stephon Truitt or Mike Evans/Kelvin Benjamin in the 1st. Then we could add depth in the 2nd and 3rd round.
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    WVBuc- Clearly a Schiano lover. Rutgers South went 11-21. DJ Moore is an instant upgrade over Leonard Johnson.
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    Brandonges--thanks for the height on Sherman. When I saw him make the big interception in the end zone at the end of the Superbowl, he sure did not look that tall. I have now looked him up, and you are correct on his height, He was listed as only 190 pounds, though, which may be why he didn't look that big to me. Now, the other Seattle Corner looked like a BIG CORNER to me! In rereading my post I also called Bynum "Byner". So while I do proof my posts, I don't always catch everything, but I can usually count on my fellow posters to bring up any inaccuracy, and that is fine with me. I am not as young as I used to be. Now as to Rutgers South, a lot of Rutgers players have done well in the NFL so I didn't mind Rutger's players as long as they proved their worth. What bothered me was Schiano claimed he was wanting competition at every position, but he ended up playing his pets and not the winner of the competitions. As long as the Chicago players Lovie brings in can prove their worth, that does not bother me at all, but I don't want to see Lovie play favorites and cut superior players. I am not about to assume he will do that. He isn't Schiano, thank goodness!!!
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    Sorry But I will take Rutgers South over what right now is Chicago South... Brian L, Underwood, Wright, and even though he was here before GS Zuttah... They signed a TE who can't beat out Stocker if it was a fair chance which it want be because Lovie will favor his guy, and a CB who in 10 years has 1 start and 10 ints.... Sorry but RU South looks a whole lot better...
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    Which part of Chicago south - players (with maybe more to come) or coaches or both?
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    Chicago South has to be better than Rutgers South!
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    Real Good News!!! We need a good Veteran CB in addition to Revis, to help show the young CBs how to improve their games. Very few have Revis's talent. I think they will listen more to a less heralded Veteran. If you look at Sherman, he is not a big CB, but he has the skill to cover any WR. I think a lot has to do with how high a CB can jump, too. Our most famous CB was not tall of stature either. As to the TE in addition, we need at least one really good blocking TE, since our likely starting TE, Wright, is not known to be that good of a blocker. I would rather the Bucs keep Maneri than keep our Tennessee Bust, Stocker, on the roster another day hoping he can do some blocking for us this year (he is as poor of a receiver as they come) Byner is a decent blocker too at TE but now he will have good competition to push him during Preseason to fight for his roster spot. I still think we need to draft a TE who can do it all--I don't think Crabtree is the answer after his poor showing last year. Tedford needs TEs for his Offense he can count on.
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    Not to troll, but Sherman is 6' 3" Being a big corner is kind of what he's known for aside from his mouth.
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    After the invasion of Rutger players begin the sign of former Bears
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