Bucs sign vet WR Derek Hagan, competition intensifies
The Bucs took advantage of relaxed NFL rules that permitted teams to conduct tryouts with players during minicamps, signing former third-round pick Derek Hagan to a contract.
Hagan, who joined the Bucs in practice on Tuesday and Wednesday, is a receiver who spent time on the Raiders’ roster last season, catching 20 passes for 259 yards. The 28-year old is joining his fifth team since entering the league with the Dolphins in 2006. He enjoyed his best NFL season in 2007, when he caught 27 passes for 373 yards for Miami. Another receiver, Jheranie Boyd, was released to make room on the 90-man active roster.
The decision by Steve Smith to retire last month created a potential opportunity for another veteran receiver. Like they did with Smith, the Bucs are likely interested in determining what Hagan has left.
They can't all make the roster, so the battle for the final few spots in this receiving corps is going to be heated come training camp. With Kevin Ogletree currently leading the race for the No. 3 spot, players like Tiquan Underwood, Chris Owusu, David Douglas, Eric Page and Hagan battling for precious few spots.
Most teams cap the number of receivers on their active rosters at about five. Six is considered a bit of a luxury.