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Cadillac Williams signs tender; Bucs claim versatile lineman off waivers

The Bucs have locked up another of their restricted free agents ahead of next week's start to OTAs.

Running back Cadlliac Williams signed his tender, as expected, locking him into a one-year guaranteed contract with Tampa Bay. Williams had been tendered an offer that protected the club by entitling it to a first-round pick from a team that acquired Williams, making him pretty much untouchable by other clubs.

Elsewhere, the Bucs also announced the acquisition of guard Michael Shumard off waivers from the Broncos. Shumard joined the Broncos after the draft as a rookie free agent. Shumard played college ball at Texas A&M. In turn, the Bucs released tackle Robert Okeafor.

The addition of Shumard addresses a position the Bucs opted to ignore in the draft. The interior of their offensive line was already thin and became thinner still when the team had to give up on the possible return of Arron Sears, who was released two weeks ago. Interestingly, Shumard spent eight games at tackle for the Aggies last season. In 2008, he spent the entire season as the starting left tackle. So, at minimum, he is a player who has a good deal of versatility, something that is always appealing in an offensive lineman.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 4:01pm]


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