Antonio Bryant isn’t the only wide receiver on Tampa Bay’s radar right now. The Buccaneers have signed wide receiver Kelly Campbell to a one-year deal worth $535,000 in base salary. The 28-year old Campbell, who played collegiately at Georgia Tech, spent the 2008 season with the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League, catching 58 passes for 1,223 yards and seven touchdowns while leading the CFL with a 22.6-yard avg.
Campbell, who is 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, has spent four years in the NFL with stops in Minnesota and Miami. He signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2002 and saw action in six games as a rookie, catching 13 passes for 176 yards and three TDs. He started six games the next year, catching 25 passes for 522 yards and four scores. Campbell also returned five kicks for 101 yards and carried the ball 10 times for 71 yards. In 2004, he started three games while appearing in all 16, catching 19 passes for 364 yards and a touchdown. He also averaged 21.7 yards on 35 kick returns.
Campbell spent the 2005 season out of the NFL after being arrested for marijuana possession and possession of a stolen handgun before the Dolphins came calling in ’06. In Miami, he was in the mix for the number three receiver spot behind Chris Chambers and Marty Booker before a quadriceps injury derailed that opportunity. The Dolphins waived Campbell after reaching an injury settlement. He was re-signed by Miami in 2007, but was released prior to training camp.
In addition to Campbell and Bryant, who received the franchise tag on Wednesday, the Bucs have seven other receivers on their 2009 roster in Joey Galloway, Ike Hilliard, Maurice Stovall, Brian Clark, Dexter Jackson, Paris Warren and Anthony Mix. Starting flanker Michael Clayton and Cortez Hankton, who spent 2008 on injured reserve, are unrestricted free agents.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th 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 spent six years 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@example.com