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Buccaneers to sign return man Trindon Holliday, per report

Lovie Smith finally makes a move for a proven return man by signing the shortest player in the NFL, Trindon Holliday.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will announce the signing of proven return man Trindon Holliday this week, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. The Bucs' interest in Holliday was first reported by Jenna Laine.

Holliday has four career regular season return touchdowns, two on kickoffs and two on punts, since his NFL debut in 2011. He had one of each kind of return in the same playoff game in 2013 as a Bronco against the Baltimore Ravens, and remains the only player in NFL history to accomplish that feat, per Stroud.

The Bucs have struggled on special teams so far this season, as undrafted rookie Solomon Patton has not been able to break any big plays as a return man, and has shown poor judgment as to when and where to take the ball out of the end zone on kickoffs.

Holliday has previously shown a tendency to drop punts and struggle with ball security, but once the ball is in his hands, he's one of the most dynamic players in the NFL. His speed is undeniable, and he has the vision to see blocking unfold and make his move upfield.

The Bucs will have to announce a corresponding roster move if they wish to sign Holliday, and Patton would figure to be a strong candidate to lose his spot on the team. Neither player figures to play into the Bucs plans at wide receiver, and having two return specialists on the roster would be a waste of valuable spots on the squad.