Apparently Cecil Shorts’ meeting with the the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went very well.
Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that Shorts signed with Tampa Bay today. The receiver had been confident since being cut from the Houston Texans that he would get signed somewhere. “Things will work out,” Shorts said to Wilson. “I ain’t worried about it. It’s part of the business. At the end of the day, it’s a business. Me being in the league for a long time, I kind of saw it coming.”
ESPN’s Adam Kaplan reports that the Buccaneers waived wide receiver Evan Spencer to make room.
Shorts was productive for the Texans last season, but he missed five games because of hamstring trouble. He spent his previous four NFL seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. His best season was 2012, when he caught 55 passes for 979 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Shorts will be going to the Buccaneers to add some speed to a receiving core already strong on the outside with Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson. They should all give quarterback Jameis Winston a great chance to improve on his 2015 season, culminating in a Pro Bowl appearance.
They fired Lovie Smith and promoted offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to head coach to help Winston and the offense thrive. We’ll see if one day this offense can compare to the Buccaneers’ best unit of all time, their 2003 Super Bowl championship defense.