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Buccaneers sign Dallas Clark

Indianapolis Colts Clark stretches for a first down as Tampa Bay Buccaneers Barber tackles him during their NFL football game. Reuters

After nine seasons in Indianapolis, Dallas Clark has found his new NFL home in Tampa Bay.

Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports that Clark has signed and that the contract has been officially submitted to the league office.

The signing comes after Clark worked out for the Bucs last week, and after today’s revelation that tight end Kellen Winslow is done in Tampa Bay, with the Bucs planning to trade Winslow or, failing that, release him. Bucs head coach Greg Schiano wants a new tight end, one who can provide some veteran leadership, and in Clark he has him.

The question now is whether Clark, who will turn 33 next month, has anything left on the field: He has struggled through injuries the last two seasons and is coming off a year in which he caught just 34 passes for 352 yards. It’s highly unlikely that Clark can give the Bucs the kind of production at the tight end position that Winslow gave them last year.

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  1. peytonsneck18 says: May 21, 2012 7:02 PM

    nice to see dallas catch on with another team,

  2. ctbucsfan0429 says: May 21, 2012 7:11 PM

    Luke warm on this. Hope his body will hold up. I get that “the Soldja” had to go, but 33 years old and broke is the answer?

  3. lolb23 says: May 21, 2012 7:12 PM

    That’s like breaking up with a Kardashian to date Madonna.

  4. delmonte55 says: May 21, 2012 7:12 PM

    I like Dallas Clark as a veteran, but he will not deliver the production they need at this point in his career.

  5. buchopeful says: May 21, 2012 7:14 PM

    Noooooo!!! Winslow can go, but why Clark? sheeesh. played all 16 games once in 9 years.

  6. redrifle14 says: May 21, 2012 7:15 PM

    This is a bad move. Yes Dallas is a great guy. No, he has zero left in the tank. So basically your sacrificing production for a nice guy by ditching Kellen. Tampa Fans will regret this halfway into the season.

  7. idealisticapathetic says: May 21, 2012 7:15 PM

    Woopity DO!

  8. swagjag says: May 21, 2012 7:15 PM

    Great signing! ..four years ago.

  9. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: May 21, 2012 7:17 PM

    The good thing is, Clark won’t need to. Winslow was very often forced the ball, partially because of bad decision making by Freeman and whining from K2, but also because Williams didn’t have a good year. Jackson should help by not only being the new go to guy but also by taking pressure off of Williams.

    If Clark can come reasonably close to Winslow’s production, it’ll be a win because he won’t come with the same attitude issues. The big question is whether or not he can do this. It should be noted that his QBs were Painter and Orlovsky, and while Freeman is no Payton he’s certainly a good deal better than them.

  10. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: May 21, 2012 7:22 PM

    SPENT

  11. blacknole08 says: May 21, 2012 7:27 PM

    Winslow needs to go (attitude, injury prone, money), but is Clark really a better option? Luke Stocker looks like the future at the tight end position for the Bucs.

  12. patriots55 says: May 21, 2012 7:30 PM

    How do u switch Winslow for Clark Winslow is 5 years younger and is better

  13. ownbay says: May 21, 2012 7:33 PM

    Should help them go 6-10. Youngry no more, lol

  14. 4evrnyt says: May 21, 2012 7:34 PM

    Bizarre move. Traded a far more productive player for a injury prone one. My guess is there is something beneath the covers we’re not hearing as to why the Buc were so interested in dumping Winslow for someone who really isn’t an upgrade.

  15. cannonballdookie says: May 21, 2012 7:36 PM

    Not bad I guess, at least there will be an open spot for him, but it’s not like he’s an upgrade from Winslow.

  16. arlingtonsynn says: May 21, 2012 7:55 PM

    Always was a Dallas Clark fan and I think this is a very smart move for Tampa, but not because Dallas will tear it up on the field….

    Clark will be good from a leadership and development standpoint. Especially working with Freeman.

    Clark was always a smart and hardworking guy who happened to play with Manning.

  17. beez420 says: May 21, 2012 7:57 PM

    I agree that he will not be a upgrade over Windslow but to use his stats from last year isnt fair with Painter throwing him the ball.

  18. matzahballz says: May 21, 2012 7:57 PM

    I dont understand this move? Injuries are a wash but the age, production and already having continuity w/ Winslow pairing up with Jackson, Williams, Blount and Martin?! And you get better run blocking w/KW. Should’ve dealt with the attitude another year, let the coaches coach the team and watch a fairly young playmaking offense develop.

  19. mryg24 says: May 21, 2012 7:58 PM

    It’s not like Tampa was going anywhere. Winslow is probably happy he can move on…

  20. zonedogz says: May 21, 2012 8:12 PM

    K2 to B-lo. Bank it.

  21. bozosforall says: May 21, 2012 8:20 PM

    He will bounce back, just like Manning will in Denver.

  22. tpa43 says: May 21, 2012 8:21 PM

    Is Clark just an assistant coach and mentor here? Who will they sign to fill TE?

  23. tpa43 says: May 21, 2012 8:25 PM

    At least one team was willing to sign him though! Good for Dallas Clark! Getting a job at his age!

  24. bradentonbuc says: May 21, 2012 8:26 PM

    Should have gone for Shiancoe. Clark can’t block or stay healthy

  25. bucnbutfan says: May 21, 2012 9:01 PM

    #arlingtonsynn you have it so right. It is not about the production comparisons the FantasyBoys always have to write about.

    This was about letting go of a player that needed to be treated Special because he wasn’t really a motorcycle Stuntman afterall, and last year had to Push-off far too often to get open. When there is a new coaching staff working on installing their new system it is important to maybe show up and finally meet the coach if he actually though he was part of the Team.

    The amount of passes Winslow caught will be spread around among a tight end core that will have some young aggressive players learning from a professional veteran who worked with one of the best QBs ever. Sounds fine to me!

  26. bucsjake says: May 21, 2012 9:09 PM

    Tony Gonzalez is 36. Yes 36! Dallas Clark is only 33 and has a TON more production that K2. I love this. Remember, he won’t be asked to catch 1000 yds and 10 TDs. His stat line will probably look like 650 yds and 5 TDs. He has great hands and come with GREAT experience. He has won a Super Bowl. Now we have 2 players who have done so. That’s good. The Bucs like Luke Stocker too.

    I’ve been wanted K2 out in TB for 2 years now. I dislike him. He clearly has an attitude and he clearly cannot run very well. He also drops a lot of easy balls. When do you remember him making a tough catch. Think I remember ONE. I feel like he is always playing with an injury. I do not think Dominick would of signed Clark if he was worried about his previous injuries. This guy Clark was a favorite target of Peyton Manning. That’s PEYTON MANNING! I think he knows what he’s doing. Welcome to Tampa Mr. Clark. See ya K2.

  27. mitybuc says: May 21, 2012 9:25 PM

    Think it’s a Great sign, in spite of all these “expert” comments.

    Clark’s not 2o anymore, but has the work ethic, attitude, & hands to earn every penny this coming season.

    Doubters/haters/whatevers….he’s going to play a pivotal role. Go Bucs!

  28. ksmith013 says: May 21, 2012 9:38 PM

    This is strictly a veteran presence move. Schiano wants order on his team and is looking for leaders. Yes Winslow was more productive but he had no heart and was a “me” first kinda a player. Clark will be good for a young Buc offense, along with VJack’s presence to be a helpful veteran in the huddle. Clark will play his part and will produce, if his body holds up, hopefully.

  29. glinksta says: May 21, 2012 9:41 PM

    more morons posting lack of football smarts!!

  30. tonyromoisterrible says: May 21, 2012 9:51 PM

    peytonsneck18 says:
    May 21, 2012 6:34 PM
    pierre garcon said he cant wait to drop his passes that he throws his way, , i guess when u have wrecks gross-man throwing the ball too u, anything is a ray of life too u, IRG3 is all hype and no substance, he will fail by week 6 and couisins will be his tom brady/drew bledsoe, all fail to the redskins!!!!

    peytonsneck18 says:
    May 21, 2012 7:07 PM
    i guess cause the redskins havent had a decent QB in a loooooooooooooooooooooong time, that they are raving over IRG3 , sorry forskins fans, but even a fat chick looks good when she surrounded by ugly chicks, all fail to the redskins!!! HTTR..hate the terrible redskins!!!

    ____________________________
    To All Colt fans.
    This is the reason people post on your cruddy team that we couldn’t care any less about. We have been getting posts like these on our team’s stories for the past 4 months. This guy is a complete idiot. We all know this, but it isn’t just the fact that he can’t spell, come up with catchy sayings, or punctuate. It is his crude and crass language that you all should be ashamed of. I hope this kid’s mother reads his posts one day and he has his ipad taken away from him for a week. Maybe once he starts liking girls, or has a prom date he will no longer continue to badger fans from a team that plays the sorry ass colts once every four years.

    Bottom line. RG3 is legit. Andrew Luck could be good, but he doesn’t have the weapons around him. If this douche continues I and others will badger the hell out of every post there is about the terrible colts.

    HTTR!!!!!!

  31. bouchez9393 says: May 21, 2012 9:52 PM

    Winslow is and has always been an overrated whiny never been, who has never ever come close to living up to his fathers name , I’d be embarrassed if I was kellen sr. GREAT move Tampa lose the dead weight!

  32. tonyromoisterrible says: May 21, 2012 10:09 PM

    Another terrible colt signs on with a team where he will do nothing because Peyton isn’t there.

  33. kevinb73 says: May 21, 2012 10:09 PM

    Welcome to Tampa Dallas! Let’s see if you got anything left.

    Go Bucs!

  34. tpa43 says: May 21, 2012 10:25 PM

    Sweet may win another 6 games this year! One for each of the Glazer kids lol!

  35. btintampa says: May 21, 2012 10:58 PM

    Bucsjake wrote:

    I’ve been wanted K2 out in TB for 2 years now. I dislike him. He clearly has an attitude and he clearly cannot run very well. He also drops a lot of easy balls. When do you remember him making a tough catch. Think I remember ONE.
    __________________

    To be fair, in 2010, K2 had more than his share of circus catches. In 2011, when he wasn’t pushing off, he wasn’t so good. I think the main reason is as Coach Schiano says; K2 on his own private program doesn’t fly. I also think K2″s whining for the ball paved the way for his exit.

    Welcome to Tampa Dallas!

  36. Corey W. says: May 21, 2012 11:26 PM

    Have to believe Peyton Manning wouldn’t have minded seeing Clark in Denver. Peyton could mention anyone’s name and the Broncos would sign that person asap.

  37. ezmagic says: May 21, 2012 11:29 PM

    Great move. With Jackson going deep the underneath will be open. Great veteran pick up and finally we get rid of Winslow.

  38. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: May 21, 2012 11:30 PM

    this is another great signing for tampa. this is a veteran, low key, decent dude who can be josh freeman’s security blanket when in need.

    why does every lame@ass pft poster enjoy picking on a good TE? these are the same scholars that pick on shockey and olsen.

    they move the sticks and catch td passes.

  39. bradentonbuc says: May 22, 2012 7:07 AM

    Hope they didn’t pay much.

  40. cleggly says: May 22, 2012 7:21 AM

    Sat 5 rows behind the Bucs bench during their last win (against the Saints). We won that game despite Soldja running crappy routes and blaming Josh. LeGarrett Blount actually got into it with Soldja on the sideline. 1 person defended Soldja, that was Aqib Talib. Enough said. Writing was on the wall the instant Schiano was hired.
    New day, new team.

  41. mail2bency says: May 22, 2012 7:37 AM

    I’m not sure what Dallas signed on for, however what I do know is that the Bucs are still a fairly young team across the board. I doubt Dallas is looked at as anything more than one who can stand as a figurehead leader for a team who is making great strides to get back to 2003 status.

    They still need a TE and I’m sure next season’s draft will address this. It would have been nice if they could have made a play of Fleener, but then again, then wouldn’t have gotten Martin.

    Hang in there because this Bucs team is still a work in progress. They’ll be good to go in say a year or two at the minimum. Schiano is headed in the right light, that’s for sure.

  42. indywilson40 says: May 22, 2012 8:15 AM

    The back and forth between peytonsneck18 and tonyromoisterrible is embarrassing.

  43. malkinrulez says: May 22, 2012 10:05 AM

    Dallas was brought on board to mentor Dunsmore from NW in the 7th rd of this years draft. Similar players will help him big time. Was a big K2 fan but his me first attitude got old .Dunsmore can play might end up being better than stocker

  44. coltsfirstsecondary says: May 22, 2012 10:48 AM

    tonyromoisterrible says: May 21, 2012 9:51 PM

    To All Colt fans.
    This is the reason people post on your cruddy team that we couldn’t care any less about. We have been getting posts like these on our team’s stories for the past 4 months. This guy is a complete idiot. We all know this, but it isn’t just the fact that he can’t spell, come up with catchy sayings, or punctuate. It is his crude and crass language that you all should be ashamed of. I hope this kid’s mother reads his posts one day and he has his ipad taken away from him for a week. Maybe once he starts liking girls, or has a prom date he will no longer continue to badger fans from a team that plays the sorry ass colts once every four years.

    Bottom line. RG3 is legit. Andrew Luck could be good, but he doesn’t have the weapons around him. If this douche continues I and others will badger the hell out of every post there is about the terrible colts.

    HTTR!!!!!!

    ***************************************************************

    @tonyromoisterrible: First, nobody needs internet etiquette lessons from a guy who’s username is ‘tonyromoisterrible’ posting comments that are irrelevant to the story on which they are posted. You’re complaining that people are taking shots at Griffin, while at the same time taking shots at Romo and the Colts? That’s class. Second, not all Colts fans are like that, I have repeatedly said that I hope and think that Griffin and Luck will be successful on a different site, but I’ll say it again here – I hope and think they are both elite and will both be successful.

    As to the story here, Clark was dropping the ball AND making circus catches last year, but look who was throwing the ball – three different quarterbacks and he was just coming back from hand surgery. He will be fine. If not, I imagine his contract won’t be much skin off their teeth. Moving on…

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