The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed yet another one of their own free agents Friday by inking free agent offensive tackle Kenyatta Walker to a contract.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Walker, 27, originally entered the NFL with the Bucs as a first-round selection out of Florida in the 2001 NFL Draft. Tampa Bay acquired the former Florida Gator by trading its first- and second–round pick to Buffalo in exchange for the Bills’ first-round selection, which the Bucs used to land Walker.
The 6-foot-5, 302-pound Walker has since started 70 of the 72 career games he’s played in, including all 16 regular season games at right tackle last season.
“Kenyatta started every game last year and helped us make the playoffs,” Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said in a statement released by the team. “We made great strides on offense last season and it was our goal to keep everyone on board so that we could continue that improvement.”
Walker didn’t receive much interest on the free agent market. The only visit he went on that was reported was the one he took Atlanta earlier this week.
The Bucs spent the first few weeks of free agency targeting New England Patriots T Tom Ashworth, but he signed a five-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, which shifted Tampa Bay’s focus back to Walker.
Tampa Bay has succeeded in its goal to keep its playoff and NFC South championship team intact for another season. Only one starter – free safety Dexter Jackson – has left the Bucs via free agency. All 21 other starters have been retained.
In other news, the Bucs spent the morning visiting with Raiders free agent cornerback Charles Woodson at One Buc Place. Woodson left Tampa Bay without signing a contract.
Another player the Bucs were interested in signing, wide receiver Tim Carter, re-signed with the New York Giants on Friday.
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