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Buccaneers add Nate Kaeding, Steve Smith

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The Buccaneers and placekicker Nate Kaeding have agreed to a one-year deal, the Des Moines Register reported Tuesday.

Also, the Bucs have added to their wide receiver depth, signing former Rams, Eagles and Giants pass catcher Steve Smith, NFL writer Jenna Laine reported.

Smith caught 14 passes for 131 yards in nine games for the Rams in 2012. The Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator, Mike Sullivan, was Smith’s position coach when the receiver had his most productive years in New York.

Kaeding appeared in five games a season ago — three with San Diego, two with Miami. The Buccaneers’ placekicker, Connor Barth, connected on 28-of-33 field goals a season ago, and he signed a four-year deal with the club last year.

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11 Responses to “Buccaneers add Nate Kaeding, Steve Smith”
  1. gotampabay52 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:32 PM

    nice slot wr kicker just to save Barths leg in preseason

  2. milkmandanimal says: Apr 2, 2013 12:39 PM

    The Bucs are the third team to hope Smith bounces back. Can’t see any reason why it would work any better in Tampa than it did in Philly or St. Louis. I’d be surprised if he makes it out of camp.

  3. bucrightoff says: Apr 2, 2013 12:45 PM

    I’m starting to get that sinking feeling that Easy-E is gonna be back on the Bucs next year, since they’ve signed literally no corners to the second worst pass defense ever.

  4. neilpountney says: Apr 2, 2013 1:06 PM

    Has any player dropped off the radar more than Steve Smith in the last few seasons, from where he was to where he is was a precipitous fallout!

  5. tpa43 says: Apr 2, 2013 1:13 PM

    Did the Glazers sell the team yet?

  6. bouchez9393 says: Apr 2, 2013 1:14 PM

    2 guys who won’t be on the opening day roster. Underwood is our slot reciever. Barth is our kicker, just a little added competition in the pre season. Draft day, we grab Revis, draft a corner, and we’re all set. Go Bucs!!!

  7. illcomm says: Apr 2, 2013 1:15 PM

    milkman. did u miss the part about smith joining up with his former coach. just that trust alone will have a positive impact for him on the field.

  8. milkmandanimal says: Apr 2, 2013 1:34 PM

    The guy had one stud breakout year and he’s got 25 catches combined the last two years. I don’t think the presence of Mike Sullivan is going to be a proverbial magic wand to suddenly turn this guy around and suddenly make him stop being an inury-prone WR who can’t get open anymore. He’s done, and yes, he’s being invited to camp because Sullivan used to be his coach, and I read this more of an act of charity to give the guy one final, unlikely chance as opposed to it portending anything meaningful for the future.

  9. celly84 says: Apr 2, 2013 1:34 PM

    milkmandanimal says: Apr 2, 2013 12:39 PM

    The Bucs are the third team to hope Smith bounces back. Can’t see any reason why it would work any better in Tampa than it did in Philly or St. Louis. I’d be surprised if he makes it out of camp.
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    As an optimistic fan, all we (i) can hope for is that:

    1. the fact that his old WR coach is now the OC will help him feel comfortable in the system (considering it was when he was at his most productive)

    2. for some reason, our medical staff just knows knees. I’ve gotten to the point where if there is a free agent out there that has a knee issue that DOESN’T get brought in by the Bucs, its because its VERY serious.

    anyway, Go Bucs…

  10. jfox012 says: Apr 2, 2013 1:48 PM

    I think Bobby bouchezz939 went to sleep in the offseason. Underwood was awful last season and we just signed Ogletree from Dallas to be the slot guy. Steve Smith has a legitimate chance to crack this roster as it stands even with how he has been playing lately. Not to mention they traded away Arrelious Benn.

  11. DonRSD says: Apr 2, 2013 3:28 PM

    Eli made Smith.
    Just like Eli made Nicks & Cruz.

    Eli 4 MVP – GO BIG BLUE!!!

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