Bucs Agree To Terms With Free Agent TE Battaglia

March 18 – Tampa Bay has seen their fair share of players walk their plank through free agency this offseason, but on Monday, the Buccaneers watched one climb aboard their ship when they agreed to term with free agent tight end Marco Battaglia. He will reportedly sign a three-year, $3 million contract with the Pewter Pirates.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' search for tight end Dave Moore's replacement probably came to an end on Monday when free agent TE Marco Battaglia agreed to terms with the Pewter Pirates. Battaglia will reportedly sign a three-year contract worth $3 million.

Battaglia (6-3, 249) entered the National Football League out of Rutgers University as a second-round draft selection of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1996.

Last season, Battaglia caught 13 passes for 118 yards in six games before Cincinnati released him. He was picked up by Washington and spent the rest of the season on the Redskins' roster. He caught just one pass during his brief tenure with Washington.

Battaglia has caught 71 passes for 660 yards and two touchdowns during his six-year career.

Battaglia was regarded as a solid tight end when he entered NFL out of Rutgers in 1996. According to some scouts, Battaglia has good hands and is a solid run blocker. But his skills were never really utilized in Cincinnati, where he suffered through the Bengals' search for consistent play at the quarterback position.

While Battaglia will likely fill the void left at Tampa Bay's starting tight end position, the Buccaneers could still sign or draft an additional tight end to their roster.

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