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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Stevens probably not the answer

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This is only loosely related to the Bucs, but it's interesting nonetheless.

One of the many players to draw interest from the Bucs this offseason has been Seahawks free agent tight end Jerramy Stevens. It's not surprising the Bucs are thinking of upgrading at tight end, and Stevens clearly has talent despite his propensity for dropping passes.

But after the past several days, you have to wonder whether Stevens will wind up in a Bucs uniform -- or any other, for that matter. First, Stevens was cited for driving under the influence of and possession of marijuana in Arizona on Tuesday.

Then came news that Stevens' neighbors in his Seattle condo building are threatening legal action to push him out because of alleged disruptive behavior that runs the gamut. According to Friday's Seattle Times, one resident claims to have found used condoms on the building's deck courtesy of Stevens. Another complained of finding vomit from a guest from one of Stevens' all-night parties, while others have voiced concerns over his alleged use of illegal fireworks -- fired from his balcony.

One night in January, according to the Seattle Times, neighbors called police after reporting what sounded like a fight between two males in Stevens' unit. Officers couldn't determine whether there was a problem and no charges were filed.

And last week's arrest was only Stevens' latest legal issue. Since 1998, he has faced charges ranging from assault to hit-and-run (after crashing into an apartment building where a 93-year-old woman was sleeping).

Tampa Bay is pretty much the only outside team to show significant interest in Stevens since he became a free agent earlier this month,. Unfortunately for him, his latest legal run-in won't do much to help convince the Bucs he can help them.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:44pm]

    

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