The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced that Ted Ginn has visited the Buccaneers in the first 24 hours of free agency. The former first-round pick would fit the Bucs as a kick- and pun returner, and possibly as a spot receiver. Ginn has been erratic as a receiver throughout his career, but electrifying as a return man -- and the Bucs currently don't have any reliable returners.
Ginn would also fit Jeff Tedford's "speed in space" philosophy. The 5'11, 178 lbs. receiver was the ninth overall pick of the 2007 NFL draft, based mainly on his speed rather than his skills as a receiver. Other offensive coordinators have struggled to find ways to harness that speed, but perhaps Tedford can find some uses for him.
Ginn was most recently with the Carolina Panthers, where he put up 36 catches for 556 yards and five touchdowns in 2013, and averaged 12.2 yards per punt return and 23.8 per kick return.
The Buccaneers also confirmed that C Evan Dietrich-Smith, T Anthony Collins, LB Dane Fletcher and CB Charles Tillman all visited the Bucs, as reported earlier, and confirmed the signing of quarterback Josh McCown.