September 27, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (59) chases Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jordan Norwood (10) after a catch at M

Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign WR Jordan Norwood


It may not have an impact on the Week 1 on-field product for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they’ll get an up-close take on a wide receiver with legitimate upside.

The Bucs announced on Wednesday afternoon that they had signed wide receiver Jordan Norwood, and in the process, had cut ties with defensive end Aaron Morgan. Norwood was released early in the week by the Cleveland Browns, but the former Penn State product has some real NFL potential if he can stay healthy.

At 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, Norwood has flashed the ability to be, at least, a minor contributor out of the slot, but he was lost for most of last season with a foot injury. However, before he exited stage right, Norwood caught 13 balls (even from the immortal Brandon Weeden), and in the previous season, he generated 23 catches for 268 yards and a touchdown in 14 games of action.

Tampa Bay is pretty week at the wide receiver position after the duo of Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, and frankly, Norwood may be their 3rd-best option if he sticks. It’s too early to speculate on whether he will make the final, 53-man roster, but the presence of Norwood represents a talented option for little to no cost.

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