Bucs re-sign Phillips, two others

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed three players on Thursday, including free-agent safety Jermaine Phillips.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have re-signed S Jermaine Phillips. The team also announced they have re-signed TE Jerramy Stevens and WR Cortez Hankton. Terms were not disclosed.

Phillips, known as one of the most physical players in the league, has spent the past seven seasons with the Buccaneers playing in 94 games with 72 starts along with five playoff contests with two starts. He has totaled 535 tackles along with three sacks, 11 interceptions, 34 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in his career.

This past season despite missing five games, Phillips finished sixth on the team with 86 tackles to go with three interceptions and six passes defensed. He also recorded his first career touchdown on a 38-yard fumble return against Green Bay. Phillips originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick (157th overall) of the Buccaneers in the 2002 NFL Draft and was a member of Tampa Bay's Super Bowl XXXVII championship team.

Stevens, entering his eighth NFL season, has played in 100 career games with 32 starts along with eight playoff contests with two starts. He has 184 receptions for 2,044 yards and 21 touchdowns in his career. This past season, Stevens ranked fifth on the Buccaneers with 36 receptions for 397 yards and two touchdowns. Stevens originally entered the league as a first round pick (28th overall) of the Seattle Seahawks in the 2002 NFL Draft, where he spent his first five years in the league before joining the Buccaneers in 2007.

Hankton, who originally joined the Buccaneers on January 11, 2008, was placed on the Injured Reserve list on August 30 and missed the entire season. Entering his sixth NFL season, Hankton has played in 46 games with one start, all with Jacksonville. His career totals include 34 receptions for 310 yards and two touchdowns. Hankton originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Jaguars in 2003.

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