Bucs Gamble On Mark Bradley

The Chiefs released Mark Bradley earlier this week but he never made it to free agency.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed the wide receiver off of waivers hoping he can help their young QB develop.

“It’s an opportunity to get a guy who was a high pick, a guy we liked coming out in the draft,” coach Raheem Morris said.  “It’s an opportunity to go grab somebody and get a couple more looks at some people in these last two weeks (of the season).  Let’s get him in here and see what he’s got and see if we can save some draft picks.”

That last statement is an admission that upgrading at receiver is a priority for the Bucs, not a surprise given the inconsistency at the position this season.

The Bucs haven’t seen much of him lately, and Bradley is likely too unfamiliar with the offense to play Sunday against the Saints.  But when they previously got a close look at him, they saw a productive player.

That came last season in a game at Kansas City, when Bradley led the Chiefs with four catches for 65 yards.  He also threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to QB Tyler Thigpen in that game on a gadget play that victimized CB Ronde Barber. The Bucs haven’t forgotten.

“We’re a little (ticked) off at him,” Morris joked Thursday.  “Ronde beat him up this morning in the training room.”

I hope Bradley can finally put it together and live up to his draft position.  He showed glimpses during his short time in Kansas City — yes, beyond the pass play to Thigpen — but like most of the Chiefs receivers over the past two seasons he could never show any real consistency.

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