Bucs sign K Nate Kaeding, four other veterans

4/3/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a busy Tuesday officially signing five free agents: kicker Nate Kaeding, wide receiver Steve Smith, running back Brian Leonard, as well as defensive linesmen George Selvie and Derek Landri.
 
None of the new signing are likely to land starting job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, Nate Kaeding will bring some training camp competition against incumbent Connor Barth, who signed four-year, $13.2 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012.
 
The two-time All-Pro Nate Kaedings joins the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after spending last season with the Miami Dolphins. However, Nate Kaedings only played the final two games of the 2012 season for the Miami Dolphins. Before that, the 31-year-old Nate Kaedings spent the majority of his career with the San Diego Chargers, who selected him in the third-round of the 2004 NFL draft.
 
In 115 career games, Nate Kaedings has made 181 of 210 of his field goals attempts while boasting a .862 field goal percentage, which ranks second in NFL History. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Nate Kaeding to a one-year deal.
 
Heading into his seventh season in the league, Steve Smith has struggled with injuries in recent years with the St. Louis Rams (2012) and  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013), ever since his Pro Bowl appearance while with the New York Giants in 2009. The numbers speak for themselves. Since his career-best of 107 receptions, 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns while starting a career-high 15 games in 2009, Steve Smith has only played nine games over the past three seasons. But Steve Smith could be looking to work his way up the depth chart under Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, who was his position coach in New York from (2007-09), where they won two Super Bowl together.
 
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed Steve Smith to a one-year deal as well, worth $715,000 with a $65,000 workout bonus.
 
Meanwhile, Brian Leonard spent the last four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, following a two year stint with the St. Louis Rams. Over his six-year NFL career, Brian Leonard has amassed 113 receptions for 814 yards and one receiving touchdown, while also rushing 174 times for 646 yards.
Derek Landri is fresh off a two-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he compiled 82 tackles) 15 for a loss) and two sacks. The 29-year-old Derek Landri has only started 23 starts in 79 career games over his six-year NFL career.
 
Journeyman George Selvie spent 2012 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he had 57 tackles and three sacks. He former seventh-round pick in the 2010 NFL draft George Selvie has played in 36 games over three-year NFL career split between the St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars.
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