On Friday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a move to secure a key member of their special teams. The Bucs signed long-snapper Andrew Economos to a five-year contract. Economos was an exclusive-rights free agent, which meant that he could not negotiate with another team.
Last season, Economos started all 16 games as the team's long-snapper. Economos, 25, handled the long-snapping duties in every game and recorded one special teams tackle. The 6-foot-1, 250-pound Economos has been participating in Tampa Bay's team workouts this offseason.
The Buccaneers originally signed Economos in 2006. In that season, he spent time on the practice squad and the active roster before ending the season on injured-reserve. In 2005, Economos spent the entire season on the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad. He signed with Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent in April of 2005.
By signing Economos to an extension, the Buccaneers have brought back their three special teams specialists for the third straight season. Punter Josh Bidwell, kicker Matt Bryant, and Economos have all been with the team as a unit since 2006.
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