Buccaneers release Gradkowski, re-sign Stevens

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed veteran tight end Jerramy Stevens and released third-year quarterback Bruce Gradkowski on Friday.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed veteran tight end Jerramy Stevens and released third-year quarterback Bruce Gradkowski on Friday.

Stevens was second on the team with four touchdown receptions among his 18 catches for 189 yards last season. It was his first year in Tampa Bay after five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

Stevens has 148 career catches for 1,647 yards and 18 touchdowns in his career.

Gradkowski was the first casualty among Tampa Bay's surfeit of quarterbacks. He started 11 games as a rookie in 2006 but spent last season on the sidelines with the arrival of Jeff Garcia.

Gradkowski has completed 54 per cent of his passes for 1,791 yards, with nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions in his career.

In addition to Garcia, the Buccaneers also currently have Chris Simms, Brian Griese, Luke McCown and recent draft pick Josh Johnson on their quarterback depth chart.

Tampa Bay also still owns the rights to Jake Plummer, who retired last year after 10 seasons and has remained retired despite coach Jon Gruden's attempts to lure him back to the NFL.