Bucs claim former Texas star, Bengals castoff Jordan Shipley
The Bucs have successfully claimed former Bengals receiver Jordan Shipley off waivers, likely in an attempt to explore what the former University of Texas star has left.
Shipley, a third-round pick of Cincinnati in 2010, had a surprisingly good rookie season for the Bengals, catching 52 passes for 600 yards as the third receiver behind Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens.
But a season-ending left knee injury in Week 2 last season brought things to an abrupt halt, and it’s unclear how healthy Shipley’s knee is nearly a year later. The torn anterior cruciate ligament kept Shipley out of offseason workouts as he was not cleared to practice until training camp began.
Shipley is primarily a slot receiver, a position where the Bucs have Preston Parker and Sammie Stroughter. But despite past success playing the slot role, neither has distinguished himself during training camp or the during the first two games of the preseason.
Whether the acquisition of Shipley is related is a matter for debate, but can’t be discounted.
The move is a low-cost, low-risk proposition for the Bucs. Shipley is just midway through his rookie contract, slated to earn $490,000 this season and $575,000 in 2013. The Bucs would have few, if any, financial consequences if Shipley fails to make their final roster.