Two members of the Oakland Raiders group of salary cap moves found new homes.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added depth to their offensive backfield by signing former Raider Terry Kirby on Tuesday according to an ESPN.com report. The Buffalo Bills, meanwhile, signed wide receiver James Jett.
The Raiders, who lost to Tampa Bay 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII, released Kirby and Jett in a salary cap move. The 33-year old Kirby will be rejoin head coach Jon Gruden, who was the Raiders coach from 1998-2001 before essentially getting traded to Tampa Bay in 2002.
The running back position became a need for the Bucs, if for no other reason than insurance policy purposes. Current starting tailback Michael Pittman is facing the possibility of becoming sanctioned by the NFL following an incident of alleged domestic violence last weekend.
Pittman faces six felony counts -- three counts each of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment -- after allegedly ramming his Hummer last weekend into a car being driven by his wife and in which their son was a passenger. Having run-ins with the law is nothing new to Pittman. He was arrested twice in 2001 for incidents of domestic abuse and the Arizona Cardinals, his former team, for one game, suspended him. Under the league's personal conduct policy, Pittman could be fined or suspended if he is found guilty or pleads guilty to any charges resulting from the latest incident.
Kirby's contract is reportedly a one-year contract that includes a base salary of $755,000, the league minimum for a player of his tenure.
The Bucs' were also undeterred by the fact that Kirby landed on injured reserve after breaking a bone in his leg in a Game 6 loss to San Diego. Kirby is a versatile running back that is an adept pass receiver and capable kickoff returner.
Jett's contract is reportedly a one-year deal worth $780,000, including a $25,000 signing bonus. One the Raiders No. 2 receiver opposite Tim Brown, Jett has seen his playing time decreased enormously. In fact, he suited up for one game last season.
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