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Bucs sign ex-Rutgers WR Tiquan Underwood

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 05:43 AM
TAMPA -

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano added another of his former Rutgers players on Thursday when the team announced the signing of receiver Tiquan Underwood to a two-year contract.

Underwood entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009. He comes to the Bucs as a free agent after being released by the New England Patriots in February.

Underwood appeared in six games and made three catches for 30 yards last season. He was released on the eve of Super Bowl XLVI so the Patriots could add defensive tackle Alex Silvestro to the active roster.

In three NFL seasons, the 6-foot-1, 183-pound Underwood has appeared in 19 games and made 11 catches for 141 yards and no touchdowns.

He is the third veteran free agent out of Rutgers to join the Bucs in the past week, joining defensive tackle Gary Gibson and defensive back Derrick Roberson.

In all, the Bucs now have seven players who once played for Schiano at Rutgers, including Eric LeGrand, a former Scarlet Knight who was paralyzed during a game in 2010 and signed by Tampa Bay last week in a symbolic gesture.

To make room for Underwood, the Bucs released defensive tackle Myles Wade, who signed as an undrafted free agent last week.


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