Sterling Shepard Signed By The Bucs

June 6th, 2024

New Bucs WR Sterling Shepard.

Joe has had his eye on veteran wide receiver Sterling Shepard for a long time. Just check Joe’s free archives for evidence.

Today, Shepard, 31, became a Bucs wide receiver. That’s the word from Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. Even better, Shepard was one of Baker Mayfield’s top targets in 2015 with Oklahoma.

Shepard was a really solid No. 2 receiver for the Giants playing second fiddle to Odell Beckham.

In seems in recent years with Daniel Jones at quarterback for the Giants, Shepard’s numbers have gone south for the former second-round pick of the Giants in 2016.

Joe thinks this is an excellent buy-low signing. And Joe is pretty positive Shepard will bring as much production as a receiver as Deven Thompkins did.

43 Responses to “Sterling Shepard Signed By The Bucs”

  1. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Good signing!

  2. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    He’s a solid 4th receiver veteran replacement for the guy that went to Carolina with Canales.

  3. heyjude Says:

    Wow, that is fantastic news! Baker and Shepard – Together Again!

  4. Dave Pear Says:

    I’ve always liked this guy. Versatile, also. If the injury bug hits he could see more snaps, or outduel Palmer and the Rook for number 3.

  5. Boss Says:

    Great news!!!

  6. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Wow we have crazy good competition now for the 3-5 spots.

  7. Dude Says:

    WR3/4 don’t matter, he’ll rotate with everybody else in the room given the look and be an additional vet presence for our young guys to learn from. Great pickup, just don’t wait to play him like we did Dave Moore.

  8. realistic-optimistic Says:

    Better than Thompkins! Another slot WR though? Isn’t that where Godwin will be? And what about McMillan? Pundits seem to think he’s a slot.

  9. Jeffrey Becker Says:

    joe called it. you didn’t happen to have some inside info did u?

  10. SlyPirate Says:


    In the eyes of the national media, this move should take the Bucs from #22 to #22. Unless Carolina signs Mitch Trubiski. Then, #23.

  11. A Bucs Fan Says:

    Nice! It’ll be interesting to see if the Bucs keep 6 or 7 receivers on the 53 this year.

  12. Stanglassman Says:

    Hopefully, he has something left in the tank. The Achilles ‘21 followed by ACL ‘22 had to be tough. Not counting on him but Wish him the best.

  13. Bucfan1988 Says:

    Wowwwww, great signing if Shepard still has has in the tank……
    If he does, he’ll be perfect to add to the receiving room.

    Ok, another site said that Bucs also added Cody Thompson, WR from Seattle, as well??

    Going to be a ton of competition for the 3-6 WR’s

  14. Smashsquatch Says:

    Solid move, low risk, and a nice connection with Bake. Kudos, yet again, for the savvy & shrewd Licht

  15. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Coen must not have had a good vibe on the current 4-6 wrs during OTAs.

  16. Dude Says:

    We’ve got 13 players in the WR room on the 90 man roster

  17. Darin Says:

    Always like him. Stay healthy!!

  18. Mike Says:

    We’ll take all the depth we can get at WR!

  19. ^^mtn^^ Says:

    Hopefully he can make a comeback production wise after being hampered by serious injuries 2 years in a row.

    Like what the Bucs did bringing in both Thompson & Shepard

  20. dmatt Says:

    Com on man, we just wasted time n money on the injury bug with Russell Gage. I like Sterling, but he can never stay healthy.

  21. BootyLover Says:

    Devin Thompkins release makes sense now. Seems he has some alleged personal life issues that are not a good look.

  22. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I look at this signing like I did the Randy Gregory one. If they produce, fine. If not, the roster spot goes to someone younger. No sense in keeping another Kyle Rudolph on the roster.

  23. Toad bowels Says:

    Can he return kickoffs or punts? Does he have special teams value? Does he have a special connection with Baker?

    Hope there was no cap hit. Good for depth in preseason I guess….

  24. Aaron Says:

    Worry about paying your line man lol

  25. David Says:


    There is your 6 if they keep 6, otherwise Jarrett is out.

  26. ^^mtn^^ Says:

    dmatt :

    almost nothing really invested in Shepard, unlike Gage (something like 30mil?)

    Joe in Michigan :


  27. Dude Says:

    “No sense in keeping another Kyle Rudolph on the roster.”

    Or Julio Jones for that matter

  28. Cobraboy Says:

    Does he play special teams?

  29. MRRR Says:

    No risk here. If it works, great. If not, oh well.

  30. BakerFan Says:

    Lots of weapons, Mike may not get as many touches this year so he better catch them when it hits him in his hands.

  31. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I’m fine with this, so long as he earns a final roster spot.

    Our best WR veterans are getting older, increasing the chances for injury. Having someone who might do very well is a good thing.

    Worse comes to worse, we can stash him.

  32. Bucben61 Says:

    Great veteran signing…that last season at Oklahoma with Baker was something…shame they couldn’t have hooked up “sooner”…no phn intended

  33. Larrd Says:

    Good competition for Palmer and the rookie from Washington. It tells me Jarrett isn’t blowing away the coaches and front office this offseason.

  34. LouisFriend Says:

    Almost all of you are putting a little too much value in who Sterling Shepard is as a football player now.

    Joe left out these details – He’s suffered season ending Achilles, and then ACL injuries along with a host of other issues in the last few years. If Shepard has anything left in the tank it will be more of a surprise than an expectation. He’s a good guy and was a good player before the injuries. But the odds are against him contributing much as a Buccaneer.

  35. Capt.Tim Says:

    Really smart signing. We needed another good vet in the WR room.
    Baker is happy today

  36. Shane Callahan Says:

    Very solid receiver and even better dude. Hope he stays healthy. (He’s also not a guy that goes on IR for turf toe. If he’s injured, it’s a very sad and legit injury.) Great signing!

  37. garro Says:

    This is a win win.
    Quality veteran depth.

    Can he catch punts?

    Go Bucs!

  38. Oneilbuc Says:

    This is another Juilo Jones type of singing and I wasn’t hype by Julio Jones and I’m not hype about this singing either. We have to stop getting excited about these players that’s over 30 and they haven’t done anything the past 2 years. People like this singing because he’s a known player in the NFL not because he’s good.

  39. Scotty Mack Says:

    Great signing if the dude could stay on the field. Seems like the Bucs are hell-bent on signing a veteran WR every season that will spend most of the year on IR.

  40. Ha-Ha-Ha Says:

    Sigh, Here we go again signing another veteran wide receiver that will end up being on IR.

  41. Dave Pear Says:

    Osqueeltard- every time you complain about a move the best GM in Bucs history makes, the fluid leaking from your brain oozes out of your posts. Just stop. Jason has a Lombardi and three consecutive division titles. You have…….a crusty poster of JaMiss Winston on the ceiling above your bed.


  42. adam from ny Says:

    good teams make good moves…

    and this is a good move…

    he will compete for spots 3 thru 5, but will most likely be a 4th or 5th…

    he is replacing our vet david moore who came on strong as the 2023 season progressed…

    and he should also be a solid vet in the room around mcmillan, palmer and jarrett…

    i like this group…

    (also he can potentially leapfrog the young guys if there’s a major injury to #1 or #2 – and the young guys aren’t getting it done)

  43. infomeplease Says:

    A quality receiver in the cheap. LFG!