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...why, OH WHY...

...did the Buccaneers just pick up JERRAMY STEVENS???

WHY?!

Almost as much as he loves collecting quarterbacks, Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden enjoys amassing tight ends, and he added another one Sunday night when the Bucs signed troubled veteran Jerramy Stevens.

An unrestricted free agent and former Seattle first-round draft choice, Stevens had played his entire five-year career with the Seahawks before entering the free agent market nearly two months ago. Terms and financial details of the contract were not immediately available. Jerramy Stevens

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS

Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC

22 231 4 10.5 26 66

The acquisition of Stevens came shortly after the draft concluded Sunday evening.

Stevens, 27, is an enormously talented player but has suffered from a spate of off-field incidents, including a March arrest for which he faces DUI and marijuana possession charges in Arizona.

The former University of Washington star previously pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge in 2003 and served two days in jail for that offense. In 2000, Stevens was convicted on hit-and-run charges after driving into a nursing home. There was also a string of team-related offenses for which Stevens was disciplined by coach Mike Holmgren.

Last month, Seahawks team president Tim Ruskell acknowledged that Seattle would not attempt to re-sign Stevens and that it was better if the tight end moved on. On Sunday, he did just that, joining a Tampa Bay roster already crowded at the position.

"He's a former first-round pick and he's had some off-the-field issues that have hampered him a little bit," Bucs general manager Bruce Allen said. "He had a recent public mistake. . . . [but] we brought him in [earlier] in free agency and we had a great understanding of what he is. We've talked to him since the [March] incident and we had a very serious talk with him today. I think Jerramy Stevens is a good young man, and he's focused on doing things right. More importantly, he understands he has to do the right things."

It's likely the Bucs would have signed Stevens much earlier in free agency had in not been for the March incident.

That incident could subject Stevens to scrutiny under the NFL's personal conduct policy. And with his history of legal problems, and the recent crackdown by commissioner Roger Goodell, it is possible he could face league sanctions.

A first-round selection in the 2002 draft, Stevens has 138 catches for 1,458 yards and 15 touchdowns in 71 games, including 26 starts. A huge target (6-feet-7, 265 pounds) with good deep speed, Stevens has nonetheless suffered through inconsistencies catching the football. Nowhere was that more evident than in Seattle's loss to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XL, when he dropped four passes, including three when running open in the Steelers' secondary.

Tampa Bay has four other veteran tight ends -- Anthony Becht, Alex Smith, Keith Heinrich and T.J. Williams -- on the roster.

I don't even know what I wanna say--I mean, I DO...but, still...

BUCCANEER NATION (and anyone else who care)...SPEAK OUT!!!

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Im to the point now where I personally want to hint Bruce Allen down. Had I not just seen that monstrosity of a draft the Bucs put togather this may have shocked me.

Still feel like taking that ride???

(Wait...allow me to hunt down that spear I was threatening to use all weekend...)

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Bahaahahhaa, I bet that's after Gruden/Allen tried tracking down Rickey Dudley.

That already happened...about two or three years ago. It didn't work.

And Mr. Jeep...you BETTER be lying or I'm fillin' your gas tank with a big BAG of sugar!!! :mad: <-humor

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...why, OH WHY...

...did the Buccaneers just pick up JERRAMY STEVENS???

WHY?!

Almost as much as he loves collecting quarterbacks, Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden enjoys amassing tight ends, and he added another one Sunday night when the Bucs signed troubled veteran Jerramy Stevens.

An unrestricted free agent and former Seattle first-round draft choice, Stevens had played his entire five-year career with the Seahawks before entering the free agent market nearly two months ago. Terms and financial details of the contract were not immediately available. Jerramy Stevens

Tight End

Seattle Seahawks

Profile

2006 SEASON STATISTICS

Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC

22 231 4 10.5 26 66

The acquisition of Stevens came shortly after the draft concluded Sunday evening.

Stevens, 27, is an enormously talented player but has suffered from a spate of off-field incidents, including a March arrest for which he faces DUI and marijuana possession charges in Arizona.

The former University of Washington star previously pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge in 2003 and served two days in jail for that offense. In 2000, Stevens was convicted on hit-and-run charges after driving into a nursing home. There was also a string of team-related offenses for which Stevens was disciplined by coach Mike Holmgren.

Last month, Seahawks team president Tim Ruskell acknowledged that Seattle would not attempt to re-sign Stevens and that it was better if the tight end moved on. On Sunday, he did just that, joining a Tampa Bay roster already crowded at the position.

"He's a former first-round pick and he's had some off-the-field issues that have hampered him a little bit," Bucs general manager Bruce Allen said. "He had a recent public mistake. . . . [but] we brought him in [earlier] in free agency and we had a great understanding of what he is. We've talked to him since the [March] incident and we had a very serious talk with him today. I think Jerramy Stevens is a good young man, and he's focused on doing things right. More importantly, he understands he has to do the right things."

It's likely the Bucs would have signed Stevens much earlier in free agency had in not been for the March incident.

That incident could subject Stevens to scrutiny under the NFL's personal conduct policy. And with his history of legal problems, and the recent crackdown by commissioner Roger Goodell, it is possible he could face league sanctions.

A first-round selection in the 2002 draft, Stevens has 138 catches for 1,458 yards and 15 touchdowns in 71 games, including 26 starts. A huge target (6-feet-7, 265 pounds) with good deep speed, Stevens has nonetheless suffered through inconsistencies catching the football. Nowhere was that more evident than in Seattle's loss to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XL, when he dropped four passes, including three when running open in the Steelers' secondary.

Tampa Bay has four other veteran tight ends -- Anthony Becht, Alex Smith, Keith Heinrich and T.J. Williams -- on the roster.

I don't even know what I wanna say--I mean, I DO...but, still...

BUCCANEER NATION (and anyone else who care)...SPEAK OUT!!!

Do You want Bengals Chris Henry?

Didnt think so.

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Im to the point now where I personally want to hint Bruce Allen down. Had I not just seen that monstrosity of a draft the Bucs put togather this may have shocked me.

Still feel like taking that ride???

(Wait...allow me to hunt down that spear I was threatening to use all weekend...)

Ill pick you up.

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Now you know how Giants fans feel every waking moment thinking that Eli is our QB instead of having Philip Rivers & Shawn Merriman.

Hey...I lived through watching Trent Dilfer trying to be the Buccaneers' savior QB for 7 years...compared to that, you got it easy there homie. :D

Do I want Chris Henry? Uh..how 'bout F :censored: K NAW?!?!?!?!

And um uh...yeah...we may not notice Jerramy Stevens on the field...that's if he even makes it ONTO the field for the regular season. Hopefully his arrogant buddafanga @$$'ll be gone by the end of preseason, if not training camp.

(Did I mention I REALLY don't like that guy? Maybe if he caught a ball or two he MIGHT be tolerable. But dude's just...AAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGH!!!)

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Now you know why Seattle dropped his ass for Marcus Pollard.

Stevens may of been of hometown product (From U-Dub, of course), but he hasn't produced jack squat and has gotten his dumb ass into trouble before.

So, I'm glad he's now Tampa Bay's problem and not the 'Hawks.

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Allow me to play devil's advocate for a minute:

Stevens went to high school in Washington.

Stevens went to college in Washington.

Stevens played pro ball for a team in Washington.

What's my point? Jerramy Stevens has always been in pretty much the same area with the same people doing the same things he always has. Maybe a change of scenery to Tampa might give him the fresh start he needs and allow him to finally deliver on his potential.

Granted, it isn't likely but I don't think it's a massive risk the Buccaneers are taking here.

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The Bucs are doing a bang up job of sucking this offseason. And I love it.

Yeah because the Falcons ahve done such an amazing job themselves. :rolleyes: Its been a DOG of an offseason for yous guys :P

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