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Tampa Bay has added eighth-year veteran receiver David Boston, a 2001 Pro Bowler who has three seasons of 70 or more receptions on his resume


WR David Boston spent the last two seasons in Miami after previously playing in Arizona and San Diego

A week after bringing in former Arizona, San Diego and Miami wide receiver David Boston for a tryout, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed the eighth-year free agent.

To make room on the offseason roster, the Bucs released first-year wide receiver B.J. Johnson. A former teammate of Chris Simms' at Texas, Johnson had signed with the Buccaneers on January 12.

A standout at Ohio State, Boston was the Cardinals' first-round pick in 1999, taken eighth overall. He played four seasons in Arizona, including two very prolific campaigns in 2000 and 2001. Over those two seasons, the 6-2, 228-pound receiver racked up 169 receptions for 2,754 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 16.3 yards per catch. After setting career highs with 98 receptions for 1,598 yards and eight scores in '01, Boston was selected for the Pro Bowl.

In 2003, Boston signed with the Chargers as an unrestricted free agent and produced a 70-catch campaign while playing in 14 games. The following spring, he was traded to Miami for cornerback Jamar Fletcher and a 2005 sixth-round draft choice. Injuries limited Boston to five games and four receptions over two seasons in Miami. He lost his entire first season with the Dolphins to a training camp knee injury.

Overall, Boston has played in 75 games and made 61 starts, catching 315 passes for 4,699 yards and 25 touchdowns.

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