The Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought yet another one of their own free agents back for the 2006 season on Monday, re-signing wide receiver Ike Hilliard.

According to ProFootballTalk.com, Hilliard signed a four-year contract with the Bucs.

Hilliard, who turns 30 in April, ranked fourth on the team in receptions in his debut with the Bucs last season. Hilliard finished the 2005 regular season with 35 catches for 282 yards and one touchdown. He made his biggest impact on third downs, and caught 24 passes that resulted in first downs last season.

The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Hilliard is entering his 10th season in the NFL. He’s hauled in 403 career passes for 4,912 yards and 28 touchdowns since entering the league in 1997 as a first-round draft pick with the New York Giants.

Hilliard, who started two games in place of WR Michael Clayton in 2005, has played in 114 career regular season games (94 starts).

The Bucs had brought several receivers, including Marc Boerigter (Kansas City) and Kevin Johnson (Detroit) in for visits before inking Hilliard to a new contract.

Tampa Bay hasn’t been too active in terms of signing other teams’ big-name free agents, but it has re-signed several of its own free agents, including fullback Mike Alstott, kicker Matt Bryant, cornerback Juran Bolden, defensive tackle Chris Hovan and quarterback Chris Simms.


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