The Buccaneers have re-signed tight end Luke Stocker to a three-year deal.The contract was first reported by Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times, and PewterReport.,com has since learned it is a three-year deal but financial terms are still unknown. The former Volunteer will enter his fifth season with the team in 2015.
Over the past four seasons Stocker has recorded 35 receptions for 298 yards and one touchdown. In 2014 he contributed with 26 catches for 41 yards.
Although Stocker didn’t pan out to be the pass-catching tight end the Buccaneers had hoped for when they drafted him in the third round of 2011, he’s proved his value on special teams and as a versatile run-blocker, particularly last season. In the absence of fullback Javorski Lane, Stocker assumed the role and had success filling in. He also made the “hustle play” of the year during the Week 14 matchup against Detroit, when he stripped Lion’s safety James Inhedigbo after he intercepted Josh McCown’s pass in the red zone. Although Tampa Bay would eventually lose the game, Lovie Smith praised Stocker’s awareness and effort in retrieving possession and setting the tone.
Due to Stocker’s versatility, combined with 2015’s weak tight end draft class, this move doesn’t come as a surprise. The Buccaneers are continuing to get a head start with their own players before free agency begins on March 10 and have re-signed potential unrestricted free agents Mike Jenkins and Louis Murphy in addition to Stocker. Tampa Bay still has a number of other free agents including linebacker Mason Foster and Adrian Clayborn, but the Bucs are expected to allow them to test the free agent market. Both have been rumored to have the Atlanta Falcons interested in their services.
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How disappointing! This is one of the reasons we never get better. He will be on IR before the season starts. We keep players that have sucked for four years and expect different results. The next info we get on this is that we overpaid for tbe guy.
Yeah I just don’t get it. He’ll probably hurt his wrist while signing the contract and be out for the season. I mean this guy has got to have some dirt on Lovie and Licht. This is just perplexing to say the least.
cg, What an opening salvo for the beginning of 2015. You could be right that he has something on somebody. I would rather take my chances on a undrafted FA then hope Stocker can stay healthy for sixteen games.
Right out of the FA gate, the Bucs re-sign Luke Stocker. Not a great way to reinforce my optimism for 2015.
Giving the benefit of the doubt, I’m thinking he becomes the Bucs version of a blocking fullback.
What amazes me is how they were able to get Luke to come out from behind the cold tub long enough to sit down and sign a contract!
This falls into the WTF category…the only thing I’m thinking is that other than being often injured,he is a hard worker and a positive person in the building – this might be a work ethic signing( also we need players on offense who can block- not sayin he’s great,but he can block).this years batch of TE are underwhelming and most FA are of the pass catching variety,so we are stuck with stocker…
On the Stocker signing…they never mention contract specifics, so I would hope that there is little to no guaranteed money in the deal allowing our BUCS to cut him without much impact to our financial situation.
I’d see that Tampa Bay is signing certain players that showed certain potiantle in the future needs of the bucs. If they don’t work out they will be cut after one year.go bucs
Why would we re-sign Stocker? He never earned his original contract money, was frequently injured and yet we sign him to another long term, 3 year, contract. Why? No-one else is going to sign him. If we must re-sign him, which is highly debatable, then why not offer him a one year deal?
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