The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have signed LB Edward Thomas. Thomas joins his third NFL team after not playing in the league during the 2003 season. He made the San Francisco 49ers' active roster in 2000 and played in four games. He was later released by San Francisco and spent the final four games of 2000 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Thomas also played in all 16 games with the Jaguars with four starts in 2001 and in four games in 2002 before being waived.
Thomas originally entered the NFL after spending three seasons (1997-99) in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes.
In addition, the Bucs have re-signed FB Jameel Cook, DT Chartric Darby, S John Howell and signed TE Doug Zeigler.
Cook, entering his fourth season, has played in 44 games with 12 starts, all with the Buccaneers. A sixth-round pick in 2001, Cook has caught 41 career passes for 252 yards and one touchdown.
Last season, Cook started a career-high eight games at fullback with a personal-best 20 receptions for 120 yards and his first career touchdown.
Darby, a veteran of three NFL seasons, has played in 45 career games with seven starts. He has totaled 53 career tackles, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one pass defensed. He originally joined the team as an undrafted free agent in 2000.
Last season, Darby played in all 16 games with one start. He totaled 13 tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
In 2002, Darby played in all 16 games with six starts, and also started all three playoffs games at defensive tackle. Darby totaled a career-high 32 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defensed.
Howell, a veteran of three seasons with the Buccaneers, has played in 38 career games with two starts. He has totaled 46 career tackles and three passes defensed along with 31 special teams tackles.
Last season, Howell played in eight games, totaling three tackles and one pass defensed, before being placed on injured reserve on November 11.
Zeigler, an All-SEC performer at the University of Mississippi as a junior, missed all but four games in 2002 because of a broken leg. Zeigler played in 33 career games with 22 starts, and totaled 48 receptions for 612 yards and five touchdowns. Zeigler was coached at Mississippi by current Buccaneers tight ends/assistant special teams coach Ron Middleton.
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