Jan 12, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) walks on to the field prior to the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency Rumors: Buccaneers, Raiders to pursue signing Steve Smith

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders met in the Super Bowl back in 2002 but they’ve seldom been mentioned together since then. That has begun to change as it appears they’re chasing the same soon-to-be free agent aid receive Steve Smith. With his release a virtual certainty, the Bucs and Raiders have joined the Baltimore Raven as teams interested in signing Smith.


The Buccaneers know Smith well, as he’s burned them numerous times in NFC South rivalry games. Adding Smith could be huge for opening up the Buccaneers offense and they have cap space to make it happen.

As for the Raiders, if they can add weapon like Smith, that might help save some jobs on offense as well as help whoever takes snaps next year improve. That could be a rookie or that could be a veteran but Smith is a game changer and he’s clearly valuable to teams not located in Carolina.

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  • KloverJane

    Make it happen Reggie.

  • Buck O’Near

    Would love to see him in Tampa. Him and V Jax would be great duo. If Williams hangs on, would be a good 3 man combo. Still would like to see them get a young burner in the draft, preferably Watkins if he falls to them.