Bucs sign top CFL receiver Derel Walker
The Bucs, seeking to improve their depth at receiver in 2017, looked to the north on Thursday and signed Derel Walker, a college teammate of Mike Evans who has ranked among the Canadian Football League's top receivers for the past two seasons.
Walker, 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, finished second in the CFL in catches (109), receiving yards (1,589) and touchdowns (10) in his second year with the Edmonton Eskimos. In his first year, he caught 89 passes for 1,110 yards and six scores and was named the league's top rookie after helping Edmonton win the Grey Cup.
Walker worked out for eight NFL teams and had another three workouts lined up, according to his agent, but the Bucs stepped up and won him over, both with the chance to play with his close friend Evans, and a better chance to make the final roster. Evans and Walker were Johnny Manziel's top receivers at Texas A&M in 2013, with Walker catching 51 passes for 818 yards and five touchdowns.
The Bucs signed Walker to a futures contract, but have not signed the two receivers who were on their practice squad at the end of the seaon, Myles White and Kendrick Ings. The Bucs also on Thursday signed former Texas A&M guard Jarvis Harrison, a 2015 draft pick of the Jets who has not played in any NFL games.