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Buccaneers Re-sign Jermaine Phillips And Jerramy Stevens

Posted Mar 5, 2009 by Anwar S. Richardson

Updated Mar 5, 2009 at 07:26 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers have annouced the team has re-signed S Jermaine Phillips and TE Jerramy Stevens.

The signing of both players are significant for Tampa Bay, which has made re-signing its own players priority number one this offseason.

Phillips was Tampa Bay’s starting safety last season, and after visiting Seattle and San Diego, he decided to remain a Buccaneer.

Meanwhile, Stevens was arguably Tampa Bay’s best pass-catching tight end last season. Tampa Bay arguably has the best pass-catching tandem in the NFL with Stevens and Kellen Winslow.

Reader Comments

Por (Buddy Mckendree) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I understand Phillips, he is a good run defender, but Stevens?  Signing Stevens makes no sense to me.

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Por (ref813) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Thank goodness.  We’re going to have one great set of TEs.  I guess Stevens or Winslow will be in the slot some in our newly super-sized O.  Phillips keeps us from having another need.  CB and DT along with a QB and we’ll be ready to draft a WR to fill most of our most serious needs.  I guess we’ll probably need another LB from somewhere.  If you can’t get some good WRs, you might as well have 2 good receiving TEs to go with the better blockers-Smith and Gilmore.  Let’s hope that Clayton (mainly) and Stevens improve their hands somehow before the season.

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Por (Jim Kinzer) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

This is good, we needed both of these.  You need to fix the D line to try and stop the leaks, or more like a breach in the dam!  We have lost one D lineman and you have not replaced plus no new additions to the very porous group of guys that were terrible last year!  Just do it!

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Por (ref813) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

He’s a big mismatch.  As long as he catches what is thrown to him, he’s a quality player who seemed to get along well with the rest of our team.  We can put a TE in the slot, if we can’t get another WR.

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Por (Jim Kinzer) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

This is good, we needed both of these.  You need to fix the D line to try and stop the leaks, or more like a breach in the dam!  We have lost one D lineman and you have not replaced plus no new additions to the very porous group of guys that were terrible last year!  Just do it!

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Por (JetBuc) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I LOVE the Jermaine Phillips signing!
I think the Bucs will use Alex Smith in trade talks. I except they will make a least one more trade before or during the draft. The Bucs still need a CB, LB, speed WR, and a QB.

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Por (Elard Andrews) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I have a feeling that there will be some trades going on one of the tight ends for example Alex Smith’s job will be in danger of roster spot so they might trade him for a late-round pick so never know

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Por (Charles Phillips) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Winslow and Stephens on the field at the same time could create real matchup problems for defenses, but where does this leave Alex Smith?  Trade bait, perhaps?  Glad to see Jermaine Phillips is back.  Let’s see if he can stay healthy.

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Por (Horace) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Oh when Gruden and Allen brought in Stevens all the idiots out there cried about the bad character people that evil Gruden was bringing in. Where are you now, idiots?

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Por (bill livingston) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

We need a receiver from somewhere. Anyone else getting feeling that our D is comming from the draft?.....

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Por (bucfan4life) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

SIGN T.O. WHAT THE HELL DO WE HAVE TO LOOSE

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Por (:PapaJohn) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Phillips good, Stevens bad.

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Por (frankie goes to hollywood) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Uuuuh, bucfan4life…

1) All CAPS is unnecessary
2) The word you are looking for is “lose” not “loose”
3) We have a lot to lose: money, team chemistry…
4) You’re dumb.

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Por (philentrek) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

pewterreport is saying that angelo crowell is coming to visit on monday. if we can sign him then suddenly we dont have as many glaring needs as we thought we would coming into the draft.. the way i look at the qb situation luke mccown should give us at least what jeff garcia gave us, plus a stronger running game, more weapons, and 1 more year of experience for a young tough o-line. i trust raheem to develop the db’s, look what he did with 4th rounder tanard jackson and how much talib imroved during the season. hopefully we can close on crowell and have a very strong draft. the key is developing our young guys. GO BUCS!

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Por (Jeremiah) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Too bad we dont have a QB to get our TEs the ball

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Por (Todd) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Both are good signings. Winslow also lines up as WR alot. Throws D’s off. Winslow is actually TE/WR.

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Por (george c. costanza) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

trust in Rah

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Por (G. Michael Reynolds) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Im thinking Mr. Smith for draft picks. A shame, as I like him, but Stevens was there when we needed him a LOT last year.

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Por (George L Hicks) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I an so glad they they sign J Phillips, Whats I’m a little shock. But I guess that Tampa is going ahead and used alot of Double TE’s and Double Wr’s sistutations. How about bring in Williams from Dallas, And do you think that the organization wants also bring in TO also! would he really think thast he could finally straighten himself out. I guess we have Stevens, Tampa could get TO also. If we do then TO would pay Dallas heavy when they meet Tampa and Tamps this year.

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Por (Chugalug) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Guess this was a little more imminent that Roy’s sources thought.  Maybe they thought he was talking about Craig Stevens?

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Por (bucfan4life) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

frankie you dumb ##### there is no team chemistry anymore, a lot of the players have come out and said they are very unhappy w/ they direction the bucs are going!so next time think b4 u type…i don’t look at key unlike you dumb dumb!

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Por (Jason) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I think everyone agrees and is happy returing jermain phillips..we need him at ss cause sabby isn’t the answer IMO..Alot of u guys don’t like stephens..but lets be honest.he can make plays down the field..him and winslow on the field at the same time could be nice..and what alot of u do forget.is injuries do happen in the nfl and quality backup are a MUST.
go BucS

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Por (Tony_Buc) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

jason, i couldnt agree with you more!

but in all ive been saying we needa bring flip back he’s the best safty out there available and there isnt any good quality saftys you could get in the draft either. Plus when healty him an t-jack are the best tandem in the nfl they both hit hard and work well together im so happy to see you back flip! GO BUCS!!

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Por (BillK) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

bucfan4life, can you point me in the direction of an article/video where a current Buc has come out and stated that they are “very unhappy w/ they direction the Bucs are going”? i don’t recall hearing any current Buc saying that. I’d be interested in reading/listening to those reports.

and don’t say Haynesworth. he is not a Buc and has nothing to do with team chemistry.

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Por (Moran) on March 05, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Ha, did that guy just call someone a “dumb dumb”!

*points at bucfan4life

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