The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have dealt with various key injuries on both sides of the ball recently, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that they have been trying to sign players from practice squads from other teams.
They recently signed S Larry Asante from the Cleveland Browns practice squad and signed S Dominique Harris from the Buffalo Bills practice squad.
Sources said the Buccaneers wanted to sign DT Jeff Owens and S Jamar Wall from the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad earlier this week. However, the Eagles wound up signing both players to their 53-man roster. And Baltimore Ravens TE Davon Drew told reporters the Buccaneers tried to sign him to their active roster earlier this week from the practice squad. Drew wound up being signed to the Ravens 53-man roster.
Tampa Bay is practicing the old tradition of roster poaching and there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s common practice all season, but it especially heats up before the regular season ends.
Once teams are done playing for the season, they have an exclusive seven-day window to re-sign their practice squad players to future contracts. Once that seven-day window expires, those players are free to negotiate with other teams.
Elsewhere, the Buccaneers are expected to sign S Vince Anderson back to the practice squad, a source confirmed.
Anderson, who was waived from the 53-man roster on Tuesday, passed through waivers on Wednesday.
Anderson had been on the Buccaneers practice squad for the first 12 weeks of the 2010 season before being signed to the active roster on Nov. 30 and seeing action in the last three games. He originally entered the league with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and spent the 2009 season on the Giants practice squad before being waived on Jun 21. The Giants signed Anderson as a cornerback, but later moved him to free safety.
-- Adam Caplan