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Bucs sign rookie punter Bowden, part ways with WR Bradley



The Bucs have signed rookie punter Brent Bowden to a four-year contract, making the sixth-round selection the third member of the rookie class to sign.

That addition was offset by the release of receiver Mark Bradley, who was cut to make room on the roster. That move is mildly surprising given the fact the Bucs went through the trouble of tendering Bradley a restricted free agent contract, which he subsequently signed. That gave the Bucs the right of first refusal on Bradley, a former second-round choice of the Bears.

Bradley presumably wasn't making enough headway in the Bucs' big group of receivers as the offseason unfolded.

Bowden is projected to be the Bucs' punter as a rookie this season. He was the second punter drafted in April, following Zoltan Mesko (Patriots).

Bowden joins rookie Mike Williams (fourth round) and Myron Lewis (third round) in signing his contract.

[Last modified: Monday, July 19, 2010 2:42pm]


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