Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs sign T Meredith to 2-year deal
In other free-agent news, running back Kregg Lumpkin is visiting the Seahawks today, according to Lumpkin's agent. Lumpkin ran 31 times for 105 yards and caught 41 passes for 291 yards as a third-down specialist with the Bucs last season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beefed up their offensive line Thursday, signing free-agent swing tackle Jamon Meredith to a two-year contract. Meredith, a fourth-year year pro out of South Carolina, spent the 2011 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan is familiar with Meredith from a stint with the New York Giants in 2010. In three NFL seasons, the 6-foot-5, 312-pound Meredith has played for four teams, including the Bills, Lions and Giants in 2010. A fifth-round draft pick of the Bills in 2009, Meredith has played 17 career games with four starts, including three with the Giants. Also, the Bucs released defensive ends Tim Crowder and Nick Reed. Crowder spent the past three seasons with the Bucs, playing in 41 games with 13 starts. He played in 10 games and recorded 14 tackles in 2011. Reed joined the Bucs for the last three games of 2011, recording two tackles. Meredith is the third offensive linemen signed by the Bucs this offseason. The team re-signed guard/center Jeremy Zuttah prior to the beginning of the free-agency signing period and added two-time Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks from the Saints a day into free agency. Nicks is expected to start at left guard, with Zuttah moving from guard to center, where the Bucs recently released Jeff Faine. Meredith is expected to serve as the primary backup to starting tackles Donald Penn and Jeremy Trueblood.