Bucs Trade WR Pittman To Jets For P Leaverton

April 23 – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded wide receiver Jonathan Pittman to the New York Jets in exchange for punter Dave Leaverton on Tuesday. In other news, the Pewter Pirates signed fullback Cerimele to a one-year contract.

Trade rumors swirled around One Buccaneer Place in the months leading up to this past weekend's NFL Draft, and just two days after the draft concluded, a trade involving the Bucs actually transpired.

No, the Bucs didn't trade quarterback Brad Johnson, defensive tackle Warren Sapp or fullback Mike Alstott. On Tuesday, Tampa Bay traded wide receiver Jonathan Pittman to the New York Jets in exchange for punter Dave Leaverton.

Leaverton entered the NFL in 2001 as a fifth-round draft selection of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the Jags released him on September 2, 2001. After a brief stay with the New England Patriots, Leaverton signed with the Jets in February.

Leaverton played collegiately at the University of Tennessee, where he was a 2000 semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter.

In other news, the Buccaneers signed fullback Mike Cerimele to a one-year contract. Cerimele entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Penn State University in 2001. He spent parts of training camp with both the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins before being waived. Cerimele did not play during the 2001 season, but he re-signed with Detroit in January before being released on April 1.

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