Redskins Land Bucs Free Agent WR Green

March 17 – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers watched yet another one of their free agents walk the plank on Saturday night when wide receiver Jacquez Green agreed to terms with the Washington Redskins. Green is expected to sign a three-year contract worth $4.3 million.

With all of the University of Florida players the Buccaneers have drafted over the past couple of years -- wide receivers Reidel Anthony and Jacquez Green and offensive tackles Jason Odom and Kenyatta Walker -- the team could have been called the Tampa Bay Gators. Now with former Florida head coach Steve Spurrier leading the Redskins, Washington could easily drop its Indian moniker and dub themselves the Gators, especially after signing Green away from Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Green becomes the third former Gators receiver to join Spurrier in Washington, along with Anthony and Chris Doering, after signing a three-year, $4.3 million deal. Spurrier also has former Florida quaterback Danny Wuerffel on the roster and is attempting to lure another ex-Gators quarterback, Shane Matthews, to Washington, which would push the number of Florida products to five.

Green played four years in Tampa Bay after being drafted in the second round of the 1998 Draft. He has appeared in 56 games, starting 38 of those contests. Green leaves Tampa Bay with 157 catches for 2,217 yards and seven touchdowns.

His best season came in 1999 when he hauled in 56 catches for 791 yards and three touchdowns. Green hauled in 51 passes for 773 yards and one touchdown the next season lining up next to Keyshawn Johnson. But last year was marred by injury and frustration with Clyde Christensen's woeful offense, and Green only caught 36 passes for 402 yards and one touchdown.

New Bucs head coach Jon Gruden wanted to re-sign him as the team's third receiver, but Green wanted to be reunited with Spurrier, his college coach with whom he had the most success. Green also visited the St. Louis Rams this offseason.

Green's departure means that the Bucs' offense has now lost four starters from last year, including tight end Dave Moore (Buffalo), running back Warrick Dunn (Atlanta) and left guard Randall McDaniel, who retired.

Tampa Bay currently has six wide receivers under contract, but the team is actively pursuing other receivers through free agency. As Buccaneer Magazine first reported, Germane Crowell (Detroit) visited the team on Friday and the Bucs will entertain Pat Johnson (Baltimore) this week.

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