The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed Cleveland Browns free agent linebacker Josh Buhl, PewterReport.com learned Tuesday.
The 6-foot, 211-pound Buhl entered the NFL in 2004 as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State, where he was a four-year starter.
Buhl was plagued by injuries during his rookie training camp, which led to his release during the 2004 preseason. He was re-signed in February and allocated to NFL Europe, where the Browns wanted Buhl to play safety. However, Buhl resisted the position switch, which led to his release this spring.
Tampa Bay was interested in drafting Buhl, who notched 247 solo tackles, 151 assists and 398 total stops during his Wildcat career. He had 27 tackles for a loss, three sacks, five passes defensed, one forced fumble and seven fumble recoveries as K-State’s Will linebacker.
Tampa Bay will not allocate Buhl to NFL Europe, instead opting to have him stay in town and participate in offseason team activities to increase his chances of earning a spot on the team’s 53-man roster as a backup behind Pro Bowl WLB Derrick Brooks.
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Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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