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Bucs Interested In Eddie Kennison

Posted May 22, 2008 by Anwar S. Richardson

Updated May 22, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Tampa Bay might be interested in acquiring another reciever to increase productivity from that position. 

Former Kansas City standout receiver Eddie Kennison is currently on Tampa Bay’s radar. John Hamilton, Kennison’s agent, confirmed the 13-year veteran worked out for Tampa Bay’s coaching staff on Monday. Hamilton also said Kennison, who was hindered by a torn hamstring last season, passed the physical.

“Tampa Bay is one of the clubs we’re talking to right now. It is the only one he agreed to visit,” Hamilton said. “I think he would really love to play for Coach Jon Gruden.”

Kennison, 35, has 548 career receptions for 8,345 yards and 42 touchdowns. He was originally a first round draft pick by the St. Louis Rams in 1996.

However, last season’s injury slowed Kennison, who had only 13 receptions for 101 yards and no touchdowns.

Gruden previously said WR Joey Galloway was Tampa Bay’s only clearcut No.1 receiver and competition for the other spots were wide open.

If Tampa Bay is interested in signing Kennison, it likely will not happen until June 1. On that date, teams can cut a player and the salary cap hit would not apply until the following season.

Reader Comments

Por (Quintin Boston) on May 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

He is past his prime… We need to get younger not older at this position. No difference between him and Hilliard…

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Por (todd) on May 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

If they end up signing Kennison, who’s going to end up heading out the door? My guess is Clayton. My recieving core goes like this right now…

  1.Galloway
  2.Bryant
  3.Jackson
  4.Warren
  5.Hilliard
  6.Stovall
  7.Clayton
Somebody will be gone from that group.
Also Kennison is 35yrs old. What are we turning into a nursing home!!!

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Por (stretchcaddy) on May 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Their might not be be a big difference between hillard and eddie, but imagine if we had two hillards last year with galloway. Hillard played big for us last year. he’s not fast, but he run great routes and knows how to get open and CATCH. I want to get younger also but if we can get another “productive” wr on this roster for cheap, I am all for it.

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Por (KBA) on May 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Kennison is 35 and coming off a torn hamstring injury.  This is helping us how????  In fact, could it hurt the development of younger players by limiting their catches?

We have talent in our current group of WR’s.  The coaches need to do a better job of getting them to make an impact.

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Por (Kyle Smith) on May 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

We do not need Kennison. We need to get these young guys experience. I think that a huge reason for the WR issues the Bucs have is a direct result of Richard Mann (the WR coach). Mann is not good at developing young receivers and we need to replace him. Outside of the 1st season that Clayton had, we have not had any young receivers step up….and that is a clear indication that we need better coaching at WR.

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Por (Shawn Golan) on May 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

My first instinct was exactly what everyone seems to be thinking - “we don’t need another dang veteran receiver!”  But, when I stopped to think about it, he could prove useful here.  Right now, we’ve got a WR corps made up of a lot of “gambles” and “projects,” with only Galloway and Hilliard as proven targets.  What happens of Hilliard/Galloway goes down early in the year?  What happens if the young guys/projects don’t perform?  We’d be stuck without a reliable 2nd or 3rd option.  Kennison is a veteran that has proven to be reliable throughout his career.  He’s not a game-breaker, but he does add some insurance.  Besides, we’d sign to a 1-year deal for close to the minimum…so no big loss.

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Por (charles fiske) on May 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The diffrence between hilliard and eddie is speed.  Kennison is alot faster then hilliard.  I have wathced kennison for the past 5 yrs here in KC and he is fast and can catch anything around him.  But he is also injury prone and gets man handled off the line of scrimage alot.  His best plays come off play action when the corners are more worried about the RB and less worried about pressing him.  Also Todd, how can you rate Jackson 3rd when he hasn’t even played an NFL game.  He has to prove himself to me before I rate him higher then 5th.

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Por (todd) on May 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Charles,
We shall find out.

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Por (KBA) on May 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

My concern in picking up Kennison is not the money, it is using a headcount for a guy that is coming off an injury and is 35 when we have other guys.

We could always use the excuse of needing someone as an insurance policy but I really don’t believe we need it.  I believe that we have talent in our WR group and we need them to be pushed harder to perform.

This of course if just my opinion.  We will find out the true facts once the games are played.

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Por (todd) on May 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Question is: Who do we get rid of if Kennison makes it on the team? We are not going to take 8 WRs out of our 53 that is suppose to be on the team. Only 6 of them are probly going to make it.

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Por (jason jesse) on May 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

IMO we are trying to build a young team here. Having a 40 year old QB throwing to a group of WRs in thier late 30s is not going to help out young guys get experience and grow.

There will be growing pains and we might not have an explosive offense this year (but we are sooo used to that) We need to lean on our young guys not sign more oldies. We have Clayton, Jackson, Warren, and Stovall. We need to lean heavily on these guys this year and see what happens. If they all stink it up, then we have issues in the coaching of our WRS, or our scouting. Either way we need to just find out who is worth keeping for Josh Johnson to throw to.

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Por (George Leslie Hicks) on May 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I think it will be time for these veterans that have been hamper with injuries problems in the past must realized that regardless of where and when they came on board the age factor has to come into a factor. I think that If it between Ike Hillard, Eddie Kennison, Michael Clayton and Antonio Bryant. I think 2 of these veterans besides Joey Galloway would make the club plus two younger wide receivers that will make the 5 wr’ers this year plus 3 to 4 Te’s. Plus 3 Qb’s and 5 Rb’s. This would bring 21 offensives players of this 47 players on this roster. Iam glad Iam not the coach or GM to give the players their walking papers.

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Por (Erik) on May 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Here we go again with the retirement home crap. Joey Galloway is our number 1! How about getting a young wide reciever that can learn from this gem we have before its too late? Hey does anyone else hear the sound of our Super Bowl appearance at home slipping away? Damn. I’m starting to feel like these stupid pigeon (i mean Eagle) fans!!

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Por (todd) on May 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Erik,

Thats some funny s##t!!! You are right on man. I think we can live with what we got.

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Por (John Klopfer) on May 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Why didn’t the tribune report that we also looked at Moulds and Gilmore. Does the St Pete Times have more access then the tribune? I think all three would be a waste of time and money.

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Por (jason matricardi) on May 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Kennison!!! I think it is time for a random urinalysis at 1 Buc Place, R U KIDDING ME!!!

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Por (steve) on May 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

i dont think warren will make the active roster.  i think hell be on the practice squad.  He performed great in the pre season, but that doesnt mean much.  Hes also coming off that nasty injury and may not be the same. i wish the best for him but i dont think hell cut it.

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Por (dave) on May 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Also read a report yestreday on Fox Sports that the Bucs will be bringing in Eric Moulds this week for a tryout also—-I would almost rather have Moulds over Kennison. They have enough room under the cap to sign both so why not take a chance…those two are still better than what we have now on our roster (except for Galloway of course)

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Por (Mike Weingartner) on May 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

weird..I heard Art Monk is coming back to the nfl and playing for the bucs too..

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Por (charles fiske) on May 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I think Bryant will suprise alot of people this year.  As long as he stays clean, he can be a 1000 yrd WR this year.  I also think Dunn will suprise alot of people.  last year his # dropped but only because he played for a crappy team with no o-line or passing game.  There just aren’t any good young WR avaliable.  Next years FA will be a good one, this Yrs just sucked.  Right now is our time to make a SB run.  We cant wait a YR to see if our young WRs develope.  we are getting ready to lose or good vets(Brooks,Barber,Gallaway,Garcia).  If signing a vet WR gives us a better shot at a SB then do it.

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Por (Cody Ubben) on May 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Gruden’s always done better with veteran Wr’s like Porter, Rice, K. Johnson, and Galloway. I know everybody want’s a young franchise receiver to come in and pick up this offense but you gotta go with what works best for the offense now. Warren and Stovall I think could end up being our future but until then bring in vet’s to teach them the ropes. None of these other positions really matter until our o-line is completely ready to take the next step.

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Por (Nick) on May 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

It all comes down to ” DO WE HAVE A QB THAT CAN REACH ANYONE” It sure isn’t Garcia, Joey had to come back 7-8 times last year losing 2 on INT. CB and Safties let our WR go after 40 yards because they knew Garcia couldn’t reach them! what a joke! Griese was signed to replace Garcia, but he can’t throw it over 40 yards either. McCown hits bullseyes going short but has a hard time going long. Forget about Grads, won’t waste any space on him. If Simms comes back knowing Garcia is gone we can be a long ball threat. That’s the only way the WEST COAST offense works, the deep threat opening up the middle for Clayton and our TE.

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Por (todd) on May 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Nick,

What have you been smoking??? Where do you get your information from?? Are you kidding me!!

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Por (raw_as_fuq) on May 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

todd.. I agree with you on everything you said!

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Por (Erik) on May 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Todd,
      Your right. Hey, Nick. Go get the guy you forgot about. Jake Plummer. LOL.

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