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Bucs sign fourth-rounder, ex-USF receiver is released

The Bucs signed fourth-round pick Dre Moore, a defensive tackle from Maryland, but former USF receiver Amarri Jackson was among those released, the team announced Friday.

Moore, expected to compete for significant playing time, signed a four-year deal with a salary escalator built into the final season. Other terms were not disclosed.

Moore has drawn praise from coaches through the offseason program, but the 6-foot-4, 305-pounder is attempting to get better conditioned heading into camp in late July.

Meanwhile, the Bucs continued to reduce their roster of 90-plus players in an attempt to reach the training camp maximum of 80. Jackson, an undrafted rookie, was signed after a successful showing at a May tryout but faced long odds in a crowded field of receivers.

Other undrafted players released included receiver Charles Spiller (Alcorn State) and fullback Carl Stewart (Auburn).

Ex-Buc to Chargers: Free-agent Mark Jones, who spent the past three seasons as a punt returner with Tampa Bay, signed a one-year deal with San Diego.

Taylor saga: Despite the Packers' interest, Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor apparently does not have Green Bay on the list of teams he'd like to join, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The paper said it did not have Taylor's entire list, believed to have about 12 teams on it.

BillS RB to plead guilty: Marshawn Lynch is expected to plead guilty to an unspecified charge stemming from a hit-and-run accident involving his SUV, Erie County (N.Y.) District Attorney Frank Clark said. Clark declined to detail the charge but said a tentative plea agreement assumes Lynch was driving when he hit a woman crossing a Buffalo intersection May 31, leaving the victim with a bruised hip and needing stitches.

Pacman's digs: The Franklin, Tenn., home of former Titan Adam "Pacman" Jones was listed in the Tennessean newspaper as up for foreclosure sale after he defaulted on the mortgage. The home and 30 acres, purchased in 2006 for $1.5-million, will be sold June 27. Jones was traded to the Cowboys, but his NFL suspension for run-ins with the law hasn't been completely lifted.

Summerall surgery: Broadcaster Pat Summerall was recovering in a Dallas-area hospital after emergency surgery to stop internal bleeding, his wife said. Cheri Summerall said doctors told her that Pat, 78, had a reaction to new medicine he had recently started taking,

Information from Times wires contributed to this report.

Bucs sign fourth-rounder, ex-USF receiver is released 06/20/08 [Last modified: Friday, June 20, 2008 11:49pm]
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