Bucs Bag Special Teams Ace Dane FletcherMarch 16th, 2014
Now here’s a switch, the Bucs signed a standout free agent from the Patriots.
NFL Network is reporting the Bucs have inked linebacker Dane Fletcher to a guaranteed, one-year contract of $1.2 million plus incentives.
He’s your Dekoda Watson replacement, a special teams guru who can also bring a little something to the defense.
BSPN had this to say about him recently:
Fletcher, who led the Patriots in special-teams tackles last season (15) and played 18 percent of the defensive snaps (primarily as a sub/coverage player), previously visited with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Fletcher overcame long odds to emerge with the Patriots, signing as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and making the transition from college defensive end at Montana State to NFL linebacker.
Fletcher might have his best days ahead of him. He’ll turn 28 this season and returned strong last year following blowing out his knee (ACL) in the 2012 preseason opener.