The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed veteran wideout Cole Beasley in an attempt to add depth to the wide receiver corps that is ravaged by injuries and suspensions. According to multiple reports, Beasley will first join the Bucs’ practice squad but is expected to become part of the active roster before the upcoming game against the Green Bay Packers.
According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, Tampa signed Beasley, who was a free agent, partly because quarterback Tom Brady was in favor of his arrival.
Despite entering the season with one of the most talented wideout groups in the league, the Bucs now find themselves lacking weapons on the offense. Veterans Chris Godwin and Julio Jones are currently out with injuries, while their No. 1 WR Chris Evans was suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct in last week’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
While Cole Beasley isn’t on the level as the previously mentioned trio, he showed in past years that he could be an impactful player. Beasley had 82 receptions in each of the past two seasons and was reliable in the slot throughout his career.
Beasley has a 10-year of experience in the league, having played with the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills so far. His career stats include 550 receptions for 5,709 yards and 34 touchdowns. He was selected to Second-team All-Pro in 2020.