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Bucs sign Jerramy Stevens



Not only did the Bucs pick up 10 new draft picks this weekend. They also signed a player with a troubled past: Seattle free agent tight end Jerramy Stevens.

Stevens, who visited with the Bucs last month, was arrested on marijuana-related charges in March in Arizona, the latest in a long line of run-ins with law enforcement over the past several years. That comes in addition to at least two other alcohol-related arrests since 2000, which both led to brief jail sentences.

But Stevens isn't a half-bad player. The 27-year old notched his best season in 2005 when he caught 45 passes for 554 yards and five touchdowns. At 6-7 and 265 pounds, he is a load physically, but Stevens must overcome his well-documented difficulties catching the ball.

The addition of Stevens will likely get the attention of Anthony Becht and Alex Smith, two tight ends already on the roster. Becht isn't much of a receiving threat and Smith is coming off a disappointing sophomore season.

The terms of the deal weren't immediately available.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:45pm]


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