By Eric Schmidt

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added another wide receiver this offseason. On the heels of signing Kevin Ogletree and Steve Smith, the Buccaneers moved on Thursday to ink a deal with free agent wide receiver Eric Page. Page is the University of Toledo’s leading receiver and was an undrafted free agent after last year’s draft. The Buccaneers had him on their radar last season, trying to sign him, but he eventually signed with the Denver Broncos.

Page never got a chance to play for the Broncos last season. He injured his ACL in July and was eventually released after an injury settlement was reached.

The Toledo product was considered to be a late-round selection in last year’s lottery, but he fell out of the draft. He left Toledo after his junior season. Page was considered a durable slot receiver that would fit nicely in a West Coast offensive scheme.

Page possesses a diminutive frame (5-foot-10 185 pounds) but not great speed, running a 4.53 at the 2012 Combine.

Page is the all-time leading receiver for Toledo. In his last season, 2011, he recorded 125 receptions for 1,182 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Buccaneers have been focused this offseason in order to find a slot receiver. Arrelious Benn was a disappointment in the role last season and was replaced by season’s end by Tiquan Underwood. Benn was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason.

Kevin Ogletree had fantasy owners scrambling for the waiver wire after the first week of the 2012 regular season. As a member of the Dallas Cowboys, he logged 11 receptions for 114 yards and two scores in week one. The rest of the season, Ogletree didn’t come close to double digit receptions in a game. He finished 2012 with 56 receptions for 436 yards and four scores.

Steve Smith has the most impressive resume of all the receivers the Buccaneers have acquired. Smith burst on to the scene in 2009 with 107 receptions as a member of the New York Giants. Ironically, that was the last season Smith played a full slate of games. He has appeared in nine games in each of the last three years, playing for the St. Louis Rams in 2012.

The Buccaneers have reportedly scheduled a meeting with West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin. Of course there is a chance that the Buccaneers will not be picking in the first-round if a trade with the New York Jets for CB Darrelle Revis is worked out. With the recent additions to the Buccaneers roster, Austin does not look like a likely pick for the Buccaneers at 13. If they cannot acquire Revis, the Buccaneers must address their cornerback situation.

 

 

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