Bucs, McCardell Agree to Deal
Jun. 08, 2002
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and wide receiver Keenan McCardell agreed to a four-year, $10 million contract Saturday, giving the Bucs a proven pass-catcher opposite Keyshawn Johnson.
McCardell had 94 and 93 receptions the last two seasons and surpassed 1,000 yards in four of his six years with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He teamed with Jimmy Smith to form the most productive receiving duo in NFL history over a six-year period (1,061 receptions from 1996-2001).
The Bucs hope to get similar numbers from Johnson and McCardell.
The contract includes a $2 million signing bonus.
McCardell, one of the core players who helped Jacksonville make it to two AFC title games in the franchise's first five years, was released Monday in a salary-cap move. He visited Tampa on Thursday.
The Bucs also brought in receiver Derrick Alexander, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings on Friday.
Tampa Bay, under new coach Jon Gruden, is desperate to upgrade an offense that ranked 26th in the league last season. The team also signed receiver Joe Jurevicius in April.
Former Bucs starters Reidel Anthony and Jacquez Green signed with the Washington Redskins this off-season.