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Bucs Sign Adams to Shore Up TE Position

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Down to one healthy tight end after Tom Crabtree's move to injured reserve, the Buccaneers signed former Bear Kyle Adams on Wednesday

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Signed former Bear Kyle Adams gets the Bucs back to two TEs after Tom Crabtree's move to IR
  • Adams played 24 games for Chicago from 2011-13, with four receptions for 40 yards
  • A team captain at Purdue, Adams joined the Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2011
Third-year tight end Kyle Adams had twice been to Tampa for tryouts after being waived by the Chicago Bears in early September.  Now he's back to stay.

On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have signed Adams to their active roster, addressing a very pressing need at the tight end position.  A spot was opened on the 53-man roster when tight end Tom Crabtree was placed on injured reserve following the biceps injury he suffered on Sunday in Detroit.

The addition of the 6-4, 255-pound Adams gives the Buccaneers a second tight end to pair with rookie Tim Wright, as Wright had been the only player left at that spot on the depth chart after Crabtree, Nate Byham and Luke Stocker all landed on I.R.  Adams has played in 24 games over two-plus seasons in Chicago, including the season opener this year, and has four career receptions for 40 yards.

Adams entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Purdue with the Bears in 2011.  He made the team as a rookie and served as a blocker and a special teams contributor in eight games before suffering a hamstring injury that sent him to injured reserve.  In 2012, he appeared in 15 games and recorded all four of his NFL receptions.

At Purdue, Adams played in 46 games over four seasons and caught 79 passes for 660 yards and three touchdowns.  A team captain as a senior, he led the team with 36 receptions in 2010 and earned his third Academic All-Big Ten award.  He will wear jersey number 86 with the Buccaneers.

-- TE Kyle Adams played in 15 games last season, when he recorded all four of his NFL receptions
Crabtree, the former Green Bay Packer who signed with the Buccaneers this past offseason, was limited to seven games and five starts by injury this season.  He caught four passes for 21 yards and a touchdown.