Bucs sign ex-Panthers WR Gettis, waive two
TAMPA -- The Bucs have signed former Panthers receiver David Gettis, who turned heads as a tryout player at the team's minicamp last week, and waived rookie linebacker Steven Jenkins and tackle Emmett Cleary.
Gettis, 26, had a productive rookie season with Carolina in 2010, catching 37 passes for 508 yards and three touchdowns, but hasn't caught a pass in the last three seasons due to injuries. He spent the 2011 season on injured reserve with a torn ACL and was limited by hamstring injuries the last two years. Gettis has good size at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, and has a sprinter's background, having won state titles in the 400 meters as a high schooler in California.
Gettis joins a deep group of Bucs receivers competing for roster spots -- veteran Vincent Jackson and rookies Mike Evans and Robert Herron are safe bets to make the team, but the remaining spots are a battle between veterans Louis Murphy and Lavelle Hawkins, returning Bucs receivers Chris Owusu, Eric Page, Skye Dawson, Russell Shepard and Tommy Streeter and rookies Solomon Patton and Quintin Payton.
Gettis played with Robert Griffin III and a talented receiving corps (Josh Gordon, Terrance Williams, Kendall Wright) at Baylor, catching 52 passes for 675 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2009. Gettis also had a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in 2007.
Jenkins, an undrafted rookie, was Texas A&M's leading tackler last season, while Boston College's Cleary was signed to the Bucs' practice squad in October, then to a contract in January. Tampa Bay has waived four players since the end of last week's minicamp, with defensive tackle Everett Dawkins and rookie receiver Aaron Burks cut last week.