The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the process of attempting to re-sign a few of their own free agents.
It might have surprised some when Bucs general manager Mark Dominik revealed in a radio interview with WDAE 620 on Wednesday evening that Tampa Bay remains open to re-signing TE Jerramy Stevens.
Dominik pulled the trigger on a trade for Cleveland Browns TE Kellen Winslow on the first day of free agency. That trade required the Bucs to surrender their second-round draft pick this year and a fifth-round selection in 2010 to Cleveland in exchange for Winslow's services.
The Bucs also have blocking tight end John Gilmore and 2005 third-round draft pick Alex Smith under contract, but Dominik acknowledged that Tampa Bay wasn't opposed to re-signing the 6-foot-7, 260-pound Stevens under the right circumstances.
"With Stevens there is ongoing discussions," Dominik told WDAE 620. "We are working to see if there is a deal that can be struck. Generally, we don't talk a lot about our negotiations, but there is a thought with we have offensively with Jerramy that if you take a Jerramy Stevens and put a Kellen Winslow on the other side and ask a defense, ‘Okay, what are you going to do? Play nickel defense, and if you put a defensive back out there we might run it at you. Or if you stay in base we might throw it.' So if we do wind up putting both of those big men on the field along with Antonio Bryant and Michael Clayton it will create mismatches for us. That's why we're still in discussions with Jerramy. We'll see what happens here."
Stevens, 29, has caught 184 career passes for 2,044 yards (11.1 avg.) and 21 touchdowns since entering the NFL as a first-round pick with Seattle in 2002.
Of the 100 games he's played in the NFL, Stevens has played 29 with the Bucs over the past two seasons. Last year, Stevens caught 36 passes for 397 yards and two touchdowns.
In other news, two free agents the Bucs were interested in signing – New Orleans wide receiver Devery Henderson and Buffalo cornerback Jabari Greer – reportedly signed with the Saints on Wednesday.
Tampa Bay still is interested in signing several of its own free agents, including cornerback Phillip Buchanon and safety Jermaine Phillips.
The Bucs have already re-signed quarterback Luke McCown, wide receiver Michael Clayton, defensive tackle Ryan Sims and safety Will Allen.