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Bucs agree to terms with former Rutgers WR Tiquan Underwood

Tiquan Underwood may be best known as the player released by the New England Patriots roughly 24 hours before the Super Bowl.

But the former Rutgers receiver with the tall hair has found work with the Bucs and his old coach, Greg Schiano.

Underwood, 25, has agreed to terms with the Bucs and expected to sign a contract as early as Tuesday.

Earlier Monday, Underwood tweeted, "Taking My Talents & Hair To Florida.' 

In order to make room for Underwood, the Bucs will likely have to release a player or make another transaction.  

A seventh-round draft pick by Jacksonville in 2009, Underwood played in 16 games the past two seasons with the Patriots, recording 11 receptions for 141 yards and no touchdowns.

But Underwood was a very productive receiver for Schiano at Rutgers. In four seasons with the Scarlet Knights, he had 132 receptions for 1,931 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Underwood's best season was his junior year in 2007, when he recorded 65 catches for 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns. He also served as a part-time kickoff return man, averaging 22.2 yards on 37 career attempts.

Schiano has not been shy about his affinity for Rutgers players. The Bucs have six on the roster, including defensive tackle Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed in a game against Army in 2010. In fact, the the Bucs signed former Rutgers cornerback Derrick Roberson after a tryout during a three-day minicamp. Last week, Tampa Bay signed veteran defensive tackle Gary Gipson, who also played for Schiano at Rutgers.    

Suddenly, the Bucs appear well-stocked with competition at receiver. Tampa Bay signed Chargers free agent Vincent Jackson to a five-year, $55.55-million contract in March. The Bucs also have Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn, Sammie Strougher, Preston Parker and Dezmon Briscoe returning from the 2011 club.

Underwood, well-known for his high-top, fade hairstyle, was released by the Patriots on the eve of Super Bowl XLVI so the team could promote defensive tackle Alex Silvestro from the practice squad. Silvestro was inactive for the Super Bowl.

The Patriots re-signed Underwood two days after the NFL title game, which they lost to the Giants. But Underwood was cut again on May 3 after the Patriots signed receiver Jabar Gaffney.

 
 

 

 

 

 

[Last modified: Monday, May 7, 2012 7:30pm]

    

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