Former Bills TE Riemersma Visits Bucs

March 19 - Former Buffalo Bills tight end Jay Riemersma visited One Buccaneer Place Tuesday. Tampa Bay is interested in signing Riemersma, especially since the team hasn't re-signed tight end Rickey Dudley, but the Bucs are only $600,000 under the NFL-mandated $75-million salary cap. Riemersma, a seven-year veteran, is scheduled to visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday.

Tampa Bay is only $600,000 under the NFL-mandated $75-million salary cap, but that's not stopping the Bucs from entertaining unrestricted free agents at One Buccaneer Place.

Former Buffalo Bills tight end Jay Riemersma visited with the Bucs on Tuesday. While the seven-year veteran left the team's headquarters without a contract offer, the Bucs are seriously interested in obtaining the 29-year-old Riemersma's services.

The Bucs were content with the play of starting TE Ken Dilger, who the team acquired via free agency last year. But head coach Jon Gruden's offense features plenty of two-tight end sets, and with TE Rickey Dudley, who caught 16 passes for 192 yards and scored three touchdowns in 14 games last season, still unsigned, the team has started exploring other options.

While the Bucs attempt to restructure wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson's contract, Riemersma's agent, Jack Wirth, said his client, who's seeking a multi-year contract, is willing to remain patient while the Bucs aggressively try to create cap room to sign players.

"We want to get something done fairly quickly," Wirth said. "But Jay really enjoyed his visit with the Bucs and it's a team he'd definitely like to play for."

Riemersma started 15 of the 16 games he played in for the Bills last season. He caught 32 passes for 350 yards.

The former Michigan Wolverine has been regarded as one of the more balanced tight ends in the league in terms of blocking and pass-catching ability. Riemersma started 64 of the 90 games he's played as a Bill. Riemersma has caught 204 passes for 2,304 yards and he's scored 20 touchdowns during his seven-year career.


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