Tampa Bay Buccaneers knew they were lacking talent in the receiving position and addressed it Tuesday after signing Cecil Short. Rumors are swirling that the Buccaneers cut ties with first-year wide receiver Evan Spencer to accommodate Shorts.
With the move, the Buccaneers added experience and placed a lot of pressure on the shoulders of Shorts. The 28-year old wide receiver from Kent, Ohio brings in his vast experience when he was still with the Jaguars from 2011 to 2014. He played a total of 61 games, including 11 with the Houston Texans last season, and recorded 218 receptions for 2,827 yards with 14 touchdowns.
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The Buccaneers did not release details of the contract offered to Shorts. Although, both parties have agreed to a one-year deal.
The Buccaneers hope Shorts would be able to show the same breakout performance, he had with the Jaguars. Shorts also reunite ties with former Jaguars’ offensive coordinator and now Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter.
During his rookie year with the Jaguars, Shorts averaged 17.9-yards per reception follows a career-high 66 grabs in 2013 and another 53 in 2014. These numbers are what the Buccaneers want to see from Shorts when they face the Atlanta Falcons for their season opener.
Cecil Shorts signs one-year deal with the Bucs https://t.co/EQquNWAYcp
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Meanwhile, Evan Spencer got waived by the Buccaneers to create space for their 53-man team for the coming season. Spencer signed with the Buccaneers as a practice player in 2015. It would unite Spencer with his father, Tim, who was the Buccaneers’ running back coach at the time.
Unfortunately Evan Spencer was a casualty of the #Bucs adding Shorts. Could be practice squad player.
— Scott Reynolds (@PewterReport) September 6, 2016
Spencer would earn his place on the team’s active roster in December of last year. He was originally drafted by the Washington Redskins, where his brother Cole is a scout. Now that Shorts signed with the team, Spencer looks on to hope to sign with another team days leading to the opening of the season.
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