The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been awarded former Cincinnati Bengals WR Jordan Shipley off the waiver wire this afternoon. Shipley, recovering from an ACL injury he suffered in last season during Week Two, was released by the Bengals last week. Shipley was not cleared to practice until July 30 this year.
In his rookie season, the Texas receiver recorded 52 receptions for 600 yards and two scores in 2010.
This move by the Buccaneers comes as somewhat of a surprise by those which follow the team closely. Heading into this year, the wide receiver position has appeared to be very deep. The Buccaneers signed free agent WR Vincent Jackson at the start of the free agency period. Tampa returns Mike Wallace, entering his third season. Preston Parker has made some news this preseason as has free agent acquisition Tiquan Underwood.Ed Gant has looked good in practice as well.
Former second-round draft pick, Arrelious Benn has been dealing with yet another injury issue this preseason. Sammie Stroughter could find himself on the bubble heading into the cutdown phase of the preseason.
According to the Buccaneers, in order to clear a roster space for Shipley, the Buccaneers have released WR Wallace Wright.
If Shipley can return to full health, he could become an interesting piece to the Buccaneers offense as he looked promising after his rookie season.