Tampa Bay Signs Dallas Clark, Deals Kellen Winslow

May 21, 2012

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought in another weapon to upgrade their passing game, signing signed former Indianapolis Colts TE Dallas Clark to a one-year contract. The Bucs also dealt last year's starter at the position, Kellen Winslow, to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2013 undisclosed draft pick.

"Dallas Clark is a consummate pro and proven playmaker," said Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik. "He will be another asset, on and off the field, for our team. In addition to Luke Stocker's continued improvement in his ability as an every-down tight end, we feel we have both talent and depth at the tight end position."

Clark has been one of the top tight ends in the league since entering as the Colts' first-round pick (24th overall) in 2003. He has started in 111 of the 114 games he has played in his career, recording 427 receptions for 4,887 yards and 46 touchdowns.

Clark holds the Colts career tight end marks in receptions and touchdowns, while ranking second in yards. He also owns the Colts single-season marks for a tight end in receptions (100 in 2009), yards (1,106 in 2009) and touchdowns (11 in 2007).

Still, Clark missed a significant amount of time due to injury in recent seasons, and thus, his acquisition could turn out to be a net loss for the Bucs considering the team will no longer have the services of Winslow.

Winslow, an eight-year veteran, started in 40 of the 48 games he played. He recorded 218 receptions for 2,377 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Buccaneers. His best season with the team came in 2009, when he set a single-season franchise mark for tight ends in receptions (77) and receiving yards (884) to go with five touchdowns.

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services

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