Edell Shepherd, the 26-year-old wide receiver signed a new contract with the Bucs.
“We’ve got a lot of speed at receiver right now, we really do,” said Simms
after a recent offseason practice introduced Boston to the lineup. “[Boston] is
great, but we’ve got guys like Edell Shepherd and Ike Hilliard and J.R. Russell
who are also extremely capable of making some big plays.”
According to Buccaneers.com,
Shepherd’s signing very nearly completes the work of re-signing the list of
Buccaneers who became free agents in March. Only running back Earnest Graham,
another exclusive rights free agent, remains on the to-do list. The Bucs had
previously re-signed unrestricted free agents Hilliard, Mike Alstott, Matt
Bryant, Chris Hovan, Dave Moore and Kenyatta Walker, restricted free agents
Torrie Cox and Sean Mahan and exclusive rights free agents Anthony Davis and Jeb
Terry. In addition, potential free agents Simms and Juran Bolden were re-upped
before the open market period began.