The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Ricks started in 2002 and 2003 for Detroit. He caught 37 passes for 434 yards last season. The six-year pro has 153 receptions for 1,982 yards and eight touchdowns in his career, which began as a second-round draft choice of the Chargers in 1998 and continued in 2000-01 for the Chiefs.
With Ricks in town and the addition of veteran Steve Bush, cut by the Arizona Cardinals on June 1, it appears highly unlikely veteran Wesley Walls will be invited to training camp. Bush, in fact, is wearing Walls' No. 85.
"The years are catching up with Wes," Rossley said during the June minicamp.
At 265 pounds, Bush's strength is blocking, which separates him from starter Bubba Franks and the presumed backup, David Martin. Bush, however, made an impression on Rossley in the passing game during the recent camp.
"His strength supposedly is as a blocker," said Rossley. "But, to see him change direction, have soft hands and he seems pretty smart to walk in and pick things up ... it's a really good sign."
Bush made 46 catches last season but he wasn't an explosive threat, with those catches covering 354 yards. He scored two touchdowns, one of which came in the Cardinals' season-ending upset of Minnesota.
Tony Donald, a former linebacker, was a standout performer in NFL Europe this spring and could figure in the mix.
"I'm in favor of having the best No. 3 tight end we can possibly have," Rossley said. "If it's Wesley Walls, then so be it. But, we need the best we can have because we do like to play with two tight ends and sometimes three."