Jun 10, 2014; Tampa Bay, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver David Gettis (6) works out during mini camp at One Buccaneer Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign David Gettis


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed David Gettis on Tuesday after the former Carolina Panthers wideout impressed at minicamp last week, reports Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. He will compete for one of the spots on the roster behind Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans and Robert Herron.

Gettis, 26, was drafted by the Panthers in the sixth round of the 2010 draft out of Baylor. Measuring at 6’3 and 220 pounds, he’s always brought good size to the position and won multiple high school state titles as a sprinter in California, but injuries over the past three years have prevented him from consistently playing.

As a rookie, Gettis looked highly promising in Carolina, catching 37 passes for 508 yards and three touchdowns while starting 13 of 15 games. At that point, it appeared the Panthers might finally have a new partner to line up across from Steve Smith, but things would quickly fall apart.

Before the 2011 season, Gettis suffered a torn ACL and missed the entire year. Once that healed up, persistent hamstring issues sidelined Gettis for most of the 2012-13 seasons. Since that exciting rookie year, Gettis has played in just two NFL games and caught zero passes.

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It appears Tampa Bay liked what it saw from Gettis after a tryout during the team’s minicamp last week, though. The Buccaneers don’t have a shortage of guys trying to make the roster at wide receiver, with Auman listing nine other guys who are competing against Gettis for just two or three open spots, but most of those players don’t have his upside.

Adding Gettis’ combination of size and athleticism to the mix could certainly be a boost as defensive-minded coach Lovie Smith starts to make his mark on the roster. Much of it likely centers on the wide receiver’s health, which has long been the big issue.

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  • victorbarney

    Go David Gettis! Sure looks like a “Super” year in Tampa Bay to me! Get it? FINALLY! Go BUCS!

    • infadelicious

      The Bucs have sucked since Jon Gruden left.

      • victorbarney

        Also even before he left…

        • infadelicious

          come on, he did win a superbowl

    • ahrcshaw

      I think the Bucks made a good move, but I do not think it will make a lot of difference this year. Go Panthers

      • victorbarney

        Only time will tell, but it’s more promising than last year for sure…

        • ahrcshaw

          You are right there. By the way what is the current news on the Bucs young NC QB. I thought he did a great job last year.

          • victorbarney

            I don’t disagree at all with you! I also feel that our journeyman new QB will serve as a great mentor, but only time will tell…

          • ahrcshaw

            Good talking to you and I hope the Bucs do well, I will even pull for them to win, but do not count on them beating my Panthers.

  • ahrcshaw

    There is nor has been any question in my mind that Gettis could make it as a WR, I think the Panthers will regret letting him go. I think too often a team hurries a player back from a ACL injury or any major injury for that matter without proper support, testing, or guidance. Look what Stewart did on his own, he went to a injury specialist to gain back his confidence as well as testing the results of the injury.

    As a Panther fan I think they lost one they did not have to loose and that they may regret it. For Gettis I wish him all the luck their is as long as it does not affect the Panthers. Go Panthers and start Pounding.