Tampa Bay re-signed third-year defensive tackle Jon Bradley to the team’s 53-man roster on Wednesday, putting some beef back into the Bucs' defensive line rotation.
Approximately 6-foot, 301 pounds of beef, to be exact, which is nearly identical to the amount the Bucs rid themselves of on Tuesday when they shipped off a struggling Anthony “Booger” McFarland (6-0, 300) to Indianapolis for the Colts’ second-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Bradley, who played in 19 games for the Buccaneers over the last two seasons (13 in 2005), fell victim to the team’s final wave of roster cuts this past September. He has eight career tackles and one sack as a Buc.
“I’m just happy I have a job," said Bradley. "Yesterday I didn’t have a job. It’s a great feeling. You realize how lucky you are to be a part of something like this when it is taken from you. You want to take advantage of the opportunity.
“I didn’t see it coming, but they made a decision that was best for the team. They are going to put the team first. I was disappointed, but I’m just happy to be back.”
Ironically, Bradley was signed as a free agent out of Arkansas State in 2004 by the Philadelphia Eagles, which just happens to be Tampa Bay’s opponent this week.
The Eagles released Bradley prior to the start of the ’04 season, with the Bucs picking him up soon after. Tampa Bay made room for Bradley this time around by releasing cornerback Derrick Strait, who they signed off waivers from the New York Jets last week.
While Ellis Wyms was named Tampa Bay’s starting under tackle, Bradley rookie Julian Jenkins and defensive lineman Dewayne White are expected to see playing time in the rotation.
In other roster-related news, the Bucs signed former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Chad Lucas to their practice squad Wednesday. He originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2004.