Atlanta Falcons free agent guard Matt Lehr signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday.

Terms were not disclosed.

Lehr, 27, has played in 69 career games and has 48 career starts since entering the NFL in 2001 out of Virginia Tech. A fifth-round draft pick, Lehr spent the first four seasons (2001-04) of his career with the Dallas Cowboys.  

Last year, Lehr, who played along an offensive line that helped the Falcons' running game establish itself as the No. 1-ranked unit in the NFL, served a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL steroid and related substances policy.

The Buccaneers were interested in bringing in Denver Broncos free agent G Cooper Carlisle for a visit this week, but those plans likely are over or at least put on hold with the signing of Lehr. 

Want the inside scoop on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 2007 offseason plans? Want to find out who the Bucs are targeting in free agency and the NFL Draft? Subscribe to PewterReport.com's Pewter Insider by clicking here.

Looking for the best selection of Tampa Bay Buccaneers merchandise? Pewter Report endorses Sports Fan-Attic, with 9 Tampa Bay area locations in most major malls. To shop for Bucs merchandise on the Internet, as well as the largest selection of NFL, NCAA, NBA, NHL, MLB and NASCAR, visit SportsFanAtticShop.com.

 

Shop the newest Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan gear at Fanatics!