New York was hopeful of re-signing Jurevicius, but not optimistic, as they weren't willing to get into a bidding war for their second-round pick in 1998. Giants brass feared having to deal with Jurevicius' unpopular agent, Neil Cornrich.
Jurevicius was seeking a three-year deal worth about $5 million. Cornrich confirmed that his client inked a multi-year deal, but would not disclose monetary figures.
It's not surprising that Jurevicius left New York, as he said earlier this off-season: "I'm going where the money is. Why shouldn't I get as much as I can?"
Jurevicius, who caught 51 passes for 706 yards and three TDs in a breakout 2001 season, visited with Denver and St. Louis before meeting with the Bucs late last week and coming to terms Monday afternoon.
Losing Jurevicius may change New York's draft strategy. The club may be more inclined to go after a receiver early on. So far this off-season the Giants have hosted no less than three collegiate receivers – Jabar Gaffney and Reche Caldwell of Florida and Hawaii's Ashley Lelie.
Jurevicius also served as a tight end receiver in many offensive sets, making Miami's Jeremy Shockey, Colorado's Daniel Graham and TCU's Matt Schobel legitimate draft-day options. All three have visited Giants Stadium in the last week.
New York re-signed its most important free agent, S Shaun Williams. Still on the open market are RG Ron Stone and CB Emmanuel McDaniel. Stone appears to be leaning toward the 49ers offer while McDaniel is expected to reunite with former defensive coordinator John Fox in Carolina.