Buccaneers Sign Controversial Free-Agent Wide Receiver to Bolster Depleted Receiving Corps

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have bolstered their depleted receiving corps with a controversial free-agent wide receiver.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have bolstered their depleted receiving corps with a controversial free-agent wide receiver. / AP Photos/Alex Menendez

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' receiving corps is shorthanded heading into a Week 3 tilt with the Green Bay Packers. Julio Jones and Chris Godwin are banged up while Mike Evans is set to serve a one-game suspension, leaving the Bucs searching for some outside help.

Well, NFL insider Mike Garafolo reports that Tampa Bay has found reinforcements. The Buccaneers are set to sign controversial wideout Cole Beasley to their practice squad with the belief being that he'll be on the 53-man roster "soon," according to Garafolo.

Buccaneers Roster News

Beasley is talented enough to be on an NFL team right now, but controversies have kept him from getting signed. He notoriously made headlines over the last few seasons for constantly violating COVID-19 protocols.

Garafolo adds that Tom Brady has been eyeing Beasley for some time now. That isn't too surprising considering the 33-year-old has been one of the best slot receivers since he joined the league. Perhaps the duo can have a connection similar to what Brady had with Wes Welker in New England.

Controversies aside, Beasley still looked like an NFL-capable wideout the last time fans saw him. He spent the 2021 season with the Buffalo Bills, tying his career-high with 82 receptions for 693 yards and a touchdown.

At the end of the day, Beasley gives Tampa Bay's WR room some much-needed depth. Once everyone is healthy again, Brady will have one of the best collections of pass-catchers in the NFL.

Packers vs Buccaneers Week 3

Beasley's first chance to suit up for the Bucs will be against the Packers on Sunday. For now, FanDuel Sportsbook has Tampa Bay available as the 2.5-point home favorite over Green Bay.

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