Free-agent WR Underwood signs with Panthers
Free-agent receiver Tiquan Underwood, who had four touchdowns for the Bucs last season stepping up after Mike Williams' injury, has agreed a two-year contract with the Carolina Panthers, his agent confirmed Friday morning.
Underwood, 27, who had played for Greg Schiano at Rutgers, had 52 catches and six touchdowns in the last two seasons. The Bucs are looking to upgrade their No. 3 receiver behind Vincent Jackson and Williams, but now Underwood will be a division rival, part of an overhauled Panthers receiving corps.
Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn and Domenik Hixon have all signed elsewhere, leaving Cam Newton with almost no returning targets. Carolina signed former Steelers receiver Jerricho Cotchery and now Underwood, and could be using its first-round pick on a receiver as well.
Underwood is the seventh Bucs player from last season to sign elsewhere in the past 10 days, joining linebacker Dekoda Watson (Jaguars), linebacker Adam Hayward (Redskins), guard Ted Larsen (Cardinals) and fullback Erik Lorig (Saints). Tackle Donald Penn, cut by the Bucs last week, signed with the Raiders, and cornerback Darrelle Revis, also released to free up salary-cap room, signed with the Patriots.