Tampa Bay Signs Green, Stecker To One-Year Deals

April 10 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free-agent wide receiver Jacquez Green on Thursday. The Bucs¹ 1998 second-round draft pick spent last season with Washington and Detroit. He was released by both teams. The Bucs also signed restricted free-agent running back Aaron Stecker to a one-year deal. Terms of both deals were not disclosed.

After a one-year venture away from Tampa Bay which featured short stints with Washington and Detroit, former Bucs wide receiver Jacquez Green boarded the Pewter Pirates¹ ship again on Thursday when he agreed to terms on a one-year contract.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Green, 27, entered the NFL out of Florida in 1999 when Tampa Bay used its second-round draft pick to select him. The former Gator finished the 1999 and 2000 seasons with 50 or more catches, but Green didn¹t show much consistency throughout his four-year tenure in Tampa.

When he became an unrestricted free agent last year, the Bucs were interested in retaining Green¹s services. But the speedster decided to sign a deal with Steve Spurrier¹s Washington Redskins instead.

Green¹s reunion with his former college coach was short-lived, however. He caught five passes for 94 yards in 10 games before the Redskins cut him.

Detroit claimed Green off of waivers shortly after he was released by Washington and kept him on the inactive list for the rest of the season. The Lions released Green earlier this offseason.

Green has started 37 of the 66 games he¹s played in as a pro. He¹s hauled in 162 catches for 2,311 yards and he¹s scored seven touchdowns.

While Tampa Bay is hoping the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Green will give Jon Gruden¹s offense the speed threat some thought the team was missing at the receiver position last season, the Bucs expect him to contribute on special teams where he¹ll likely compete with punt returner Karl Williams and kickoff return man Aaron Stecker.

Green recorded Tampa Bay¹s longest punt return for a touchdown with a 95-yard return against Green Bay in 1998. He also averaged 10.2 yards per punt return with the Redskins, including a 90-yard return for a touchdown.

Speaking of Stecker, the Bucs also announced Thursday that they have signed the restricted free agent running back to a one-year deal.

Although the four-year veteran saw limited action in Tampa Bay¹s running back by committee approach last season, Stecker has served as the Bucs¹ primary kickoff return man over the last two seasons. Stecker averaged 25.2 yards per return last season.

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