The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added some much-needed depth to their tight end position Thursday by trading an undisclosed draft pick to the New York Jets in exchange for fifth-year veteran Doug Jolley.
Jolley originally entered the NFL in 2002 as a second-round pick with the Oakland Raiders. He spent three seasons (2002-04) with the Raiders before being traded to the New York Jets.
The Jets received Oakland’s second-round pick and two sixth-rounders from the Raiders, and the Raiders received a first- and seventh-round pick from the Jets in the trade that took place during the 2005 offseason.
Last season, Jolley started seven games for the Jets, catching 29 passes for 324 yards and one touchdown.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Jolley has hauled in 119 career passes for 1,296 yards (10.9 avg.) and six touchdowns while starting 32 of the 63 career games he’s played in during his four-year NFL career.
Tampa Bay general manager Bruce Allen is familiar with Jolley, whom he worked with in Oakland for two seasons before leaving the Raiders in 2004 to become the Buccaneers’ general manager.
Although he didn’t play for Bucs head coach Jon Gruden in Oakland, Jolley is familiar with Gruden’s version of the West Coast offense, which was used during Jolley’s first two seasons with the Raiders.
Gruden’s offense featured plenty of two-tight end sets after the team acquired Alex Smith and Anthony Becht last year. With the offense likely to feature those formations again in 2006, the Bucs felt the need to add veteran tight end to their roster and accomplished that by landing Jolley on the same day they are scheduled to play their preseason finale in Houston.
In order to make room for Jolley on their roster, the Bucs released tackle Sam Lightbody.
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