Nice Posture

WR Bill Schroeder signed with the Bucs for between six and seven hundred thousand dollars.

Nice Posture Schroeder will count as 450,000 against the salary cap because he has more than four years NFL experience (8). The Bucs had to plan on being without Keenan McCardell, but this acquisition borders on desperation. Schroeder is a nice insurance policy, but if he is seeing playing time early in the season look for the Bucs to miss the play offs for the second year in a row. Schroeder (6-3, 200), who played for Detroit in 2002 and 2003, began his career as a sixth-round draft pick by Green Bay in 1994. He made his NFL debut with the Packers in 1997 and played in 74 games with 50 starts in five seasons from 1997-2001. For his career, Schroeder has notched 297 catches for 4,427 yards (14.9 avg.) with 27 touchdowns in 104 career games. He tallied 72 receptions and seven touchdowns while seeing action in 30 games over the last two seasons with the Lions. His best season occurred in 1999, when he reeled in 74 passes for 1,051 yards with five TDs.

The talks between the front office and McCardell have bogged down, and neither side looks ready to budge. The Bucs made the deal for Schroeder for more than insurance. It is also a message for McCardell's camp that reads loud and clear. The Bucs are ready to move on without him.

The x factor in these events is the possible emergence of Charles Lee. Last year Lee saw time during the Keyshawn Johnson circus, and made the best of it. His ability to run after the catch makes him a threat to score on every touch. His consistency is not on the same level as McCardell's, but he is more dangerous downfield. If Joe Jurevicius' health stays at 80% Lee will be the number three.

The Bucs will have a rookie number two in Michael Clayton. Clayton has impressed the coaches so far; hopefully his new contract will not change the attitude he brought into rookie camp and the OTA's over the summer.

The Bucs are set to stand up straight with or without last year's number one receiver. Everyone knows the team would be better off with McCardell, but the probability of him being on the field slouches with every day that passes.

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