The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have expressed an interest in signing former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Bruce, 33, is entering his 14th season in the NFL. He hauled in 813 passes for 12,278 yards (15.1 avg.) and 77 touchdowns during his 13-year tenure with the Rams.

Last season, Bruce played in 11 games (10 starts) and hauled in 36 passes for 525 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-foot-, 188-pound veteran receiver was released last week in a salary cap maneuver.

Tampa Bay is in the market for a veteran receiver. Third-year WR Michael Clayton is coming off a sub-par and injury-plagued sophomore season, and WR Ike Hilliard is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. However, it is unclear if Bruce is actually scheduled to visit with the Bucs. Bruce’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, did not return Pewter Report’s phone calls.

In other news, former Tennessee Titans left tackle Brad Hopkins visited with the Bucs at One Buccaneer Place on Thursday afternoon. According to his agent, Mark Bartelstein, the visit went well.

“The visit went really well,” Bartelstein said. “He was really impressed and enjoyed himself. Brad’s got another visit lined up with the Falcons tomorrow, so we’ll just have to see what happens.”

The free agent signing period begins at 12:01 a.m. ET on Saturday.


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