New York Giants free agent wide receiver Ike Hilliard is scheduled to meet with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, PewterReport.com has learned.

Hilliard is scheduled to fly to Tampa on Thursday and spend the day visiting with Bucs officials at One Buccaneer Place. According to Hilliard’s agent, Neil Schwartz, the two sides are extremely close to finalizing a one-year deal, which could be officially announced as early as Thursday.

“It’s about 99 percent complete,” Schwartz said of the contract for Hilliard. “I would say it’s 100 percent done, but the deal isn’t actually competed yet, but it’s most likely going to get done.”

The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Hilliard has played in 98 games (92 starts) during his eight-year career. He has caught 368 career passes for 4,630 yards (12.6 avg.) and 27 touchdowns.

In 2004, Hilliard, 29, caught 49 passes for 437 yards (8.9 avg.) and didn’t score a touchdown.

The Bucs currently have 14 wide receivers on their offseason roster, but only two — Joey Galloway and Scotty Anderson — have more than two years of playing experience in the NFL.

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