Tampa Bay Lands Free Agent WR Jurevicius

April 8 - Buccaneer Magazine has learned the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached a contract agreement with New York Giants free agent wide receiver Joe Jurevicius. Details of the agreement were not available, but Jurevicius was one of the most sought after wide receivers in free agency this offseason.

Tampa Bay head coach spent the majority of the team's recent mini-camp working with and coaching the Bucs' wide receivers with wide receivers coach Richard Mann. While Gruden was pleased with the players' effort during the three-day mini-camp, he challenged some of the team's younger receivers to step up and fill the No. 2 wide receiver spot on the offense. On Monday, Gruden and Co. attempted to upgrade the receiver position by reaching a contract agreement with New York Giants free agent wide receiver Joe Jurevicius. Terms of the agreement were not available.

Jurevicius' 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame made him one of the most sought after free agent receivers this offseason. The Giants were interested in trying to re-sign him, and the St. Louis Rams had expressed some interest in his services as well, but the Bucs beat both teams out in the pursuit of Jurevisius.

Jurevicius, 27, had the best season of his career last year, when he caught a career-high 51 passes for 706 yards and three touchdowns.

A four-year veteran out of Penn State University, Jurevicius had spent his entire career with the Giants after New York selected him in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He started 13 of the 58 games he played in as a Giant and hauled in 102 passes for 1,442 yards and five touchdowns.

He is not known for speed, but Jurevicius is known for using his size to work his way around and beat defensive backs for the football.

While it's not etched in stone, Jurevicius could possibly be the No. 2 wide receiver Tampa Bay had been searching for to start opposite of Pro Bowl WR Keyshawn Johnson. Despite the addition of Jurevicius, one should not rule out the possibility of Tampa Bay pursing other free agent wide receivers, including Jacksonville wide receiver Keenan McCardell, if the Jaguars do indeed release him on June 1 due to salary cap problems.

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