Bucs sign Cowboys WR Ogletree, release LB Black
The Bucs can't collect enough weapons for quarterback Josh Freeman.
The team's search for a slot receiver officially began Thursday when the Bucs announced the signing of Cowboys free agent receiver Kevin Ogletree.
Last season, Ogletree, 25, caught a career high 32 passes for 436 yards and four touchdowns. He enjoyed his best day as a pro against the New York Giants in the first week of the season, hauling in eight passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
Tampa Bay also released linebacker Quincy Black for a failed physical. Black is recovering from surgery to repair a damaged nerve that has restricted the use of his left arm.
Black, 29, was a third round pick by the Bucs in '07 from New Mexico and has been the starting strong side linebacker for the past two seasons. He suffered the injury after a collision with Chargers running back Ryan Matthews in a game at Raymond James Stadium during a Week 9 game against the Chargers. He was scheduled to earn $5.5-million in salary this season but now will be eligible for $1-million injury protection.
The Bucs also announced the signing of Saints free agent linebacker Jonathan Casillas and restricted free agent running back LeGarrette Blount to 1-year contracts. The team also signed exclusive rights free agent DT Corvy Irvin and tendered restricted free agent DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim.