Monday, April 30, 2007

Buc's sign another tight end and this one as useless as the last

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added their 5th tight end to their roster late last night by signing former Seattle Seahawks veteran, Jerramy Stevens.

Stevens was an unrestricted free agent and was the Seahawks first round pick in 2002 and had played his entire five-year career with them before entering the free agent market nearly two months ago. The terms and financial details of the contract were not immediately available, but they should be released soon enough.

The former University of Washington star has recently been been having more off-the-field problems when in last March he was arrested for a DUI and marijuana possession and is facing charges in Arizona. Stevens also previously pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge in 2003 and served two days in jail for that offense. In 2000, Stevens was convicted on hit-and-run charges after driving into a nursing home. There was also a string of team-related offenses for which Stevens was disciplined by coach Mike Holmgren.

From Deadspin:

Stevens agreed to perform field-sobriety tests, but declined after an initial "walk-and-turn" test. He also declined a portable breath test, and the officer indicated that was when Stevens was placed under arrest. The officer stated in the report that there were paper napkins with a loose clump of "green leafy substance" in Stevens' back pants pocket. A second officer indicated he smelled the odor of marijuana in the driver's-side seat.

Stevens has also been having plenty of troubles on the field. He dropped several easy passes in the Super Bowl which the Hawks eventually lost to the Steelers then in 2006 he was then kneed in the crotch by former Raider's 2003first-rounder, Tyler Brayton.

"On Monday November 6th, 2006 in a game against the Seattle Seahawks, Brayton issued a knee to the groin of Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens, after Stevens kneed him and was ejected from the game. Brayton was later fined $25,000 by the NFL. Stevens was fined $15,000. This incident led to Brayton's nickname of 'Nut Cracker'."

Stevens caught a total of 130 passes for 1,458 yards and 15 touchdowns in 71 career games at Seattle and is coming off of another poor season in which he caught 22 balls for 231 yards and 4 touchdown.

"He's a former first-round pick and he's had some off-the-field issues that have hampered him a little bit," Bucs general manager Bruce Allen said. "He had a recent public mistake. . . . [But] we brought him in [earlier] in free agency and we had a great understanding of what he is. We've talked to him since the [March] incident and we had a very serious talk with him today. I think Jerramy Stevens is a good young man, and he's focused on doing things right. More importantly, he understands he has to do the right things."

Stevens will be joining an already lengthy depth chart in Tampa Bay, on the Buc's depth chart they have Anthony Becht, Alex Smith, Keith Heinrich and T.J. Williams.

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