No Moore: Bucs Lose Tight End To The Bills

March 11 – Buccaneer Magazine has learned that tight end Dave Moore has signed a three-year contract with the Buffalo Bills worth $3.8-million with incentives that could push the deal over $4-million. Moore is expected to replace Jay Riemersma as the Bills' starting tight end. Moore had spent nine seasons with the Bucs, and Tampa Bay is left with three tight ends on their roster.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were forced to part ways with starting tight end Dave Moore on Feb. 27 in order to get under the league's mandated salary cap figure of $71.1 million by Mar. 1. The Buffalo Bills capitalized on Tampa Bay's decision to release Moore on Monday by agreeing to terms with the veteran tight end. Moore signed a three-year contract with the Buffalo Bills worth $3.8-million with incentives that could push the deal over $4-million.

"Dave has been a good player and a good soldier for us," said general manager Rich McKay after the team released Moore. "This system sometimes creates situations such as this one, where you are forced into very tough decisions."

By cutting Moore, the Bucs cleared approximately $1.2 million of cap room. He was heading into the final year of his three-year contract.

Moore will likely replace Buffalo TE Jay Riemersma as the Bill's starter. He will also likely take over Buffalo's long snapping duties.

Moore, 32, spent the last nine seasons with the Buccaneers. He was the team's starting tight end for the last four years. Moore played in 119 consecutive games and had 65 straight starts.

Moore finished the 2001 season with a career-high 35 receptions, and his four touchdown receptions led the team last season. Moore had six straight three or more touchdown seasons, which no other tight end in the NFL has done.

Moore entered the NFL with the Miami Dolphins in 1992 as a seventh round draft pick out of the University of Pittsburgh. Moore joined the Bucs during mid-season in 92' after the Dolphins released him.

Tampa Bay currently has three tight ends under contract — Todd Yoder (6-4, 234), Mike Roberg (6-4, 263) and Damian Vaughn (6-4, 252). Click here to view Tampa Bay's current roster.

Tampa Bay has expressed interest in signing Colts free agent TE Ken Dilger, but it is not clear how much progress was made during his interview with the Buccaneers. Ravens free agent TE Shannon Sharpe has also expressed interest in playing for Tampa Bay.

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