TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers likely will have a new long snapper in 2014.
Though free agent Andrew Economos remains available and still could re-sign with Tampa Bay, a likely replacement was signed Tuesday in 10-year veteran snapper Jeremy Cain.
Details of the deal with Cain, which was released by the NFL on its daily transaction wire, were not available, but the signing reunites Cain with his first NFL coach, Lovie Smith.
Cain entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2004, the same year Smith, now the coach of the Bucs, began his nine-year run as coach of the Bears.
Cain, a University of Massachusetts product, has appeared in 81 NFL games with the Bears, Redskins, Titans and Jaguars, for whom he was the regular long snapper from 2009-2011.
The signing of Cain came as former Bucs fullback Erik Lorig signed a four-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.