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Buccaneers sign WR David Gettis

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added former Carolina Panther David Gettis to their receiving corps. Gettis has been limited by injuries in his career, but if healthy could be a formidable addition to the roster.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will sign wide receiver David Gettis, according to Greg Auman. The wide receiver participated in the team's mini-camp last week on a tryout basis, and was apparently impressive enough to warrant further presence on the roster.

David Gettis was a sixth-round pick for the Carolina Panthers in the 2010 draft, and caught 37 passes for 508 yards and three touchdowns in his rookie season, but a torn ACL kept him out for the 2011 season and he played in just two games in his first year back from injury in 2012. A hamstring injury kept him out for the 2013 season, and he wasn't impressive enough during offseason workouts to stick with the Washington Redskins this year.

The 6'3", 217 lbs. receiver ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, which means he has the kind of size and speed the Buccaneers appear to crave on offense. If he's fully healed from all of his injuries, he certainly has the talent to make a bit of an impact.

The Bucs don't have a lot of proven depth behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, so he'll certainly get some opportunities. He'll likely have to compete with players like Lavelle Hawkins, Robert Herron and Chris Owusu for a roster spot, as Louis Murphy appears to be the front-runner as the number three receiver.

The Buccaneers still have two open roster spots after signing Gettis, as they waived several players earlier this week. Running count of roster moves under Lovie Smith: 78.