Bucs make early splash

March, 11, 2014
Mar 11
4:36
PM ET
The opening of free agency came with a flurry of activity by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

We already knew former Cincinnati defensive end Michael Johnson was joining the Bucs. But minutes after free agency opened, Adam Schefter reported two other signings. Schefter reported the Bucs signed tight end Brandon Myers to a two-year, $4 million deal and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald to a four-year, $12 million deal.

Those other two moves could give the Bucs two immediate starters. Myers spent last season with the New York Giants, where he caught 47 passes for 522 yards and four touchdowns. Myers is known more for his receiving ability than his blocking. He likely will compete with Tim Wright for the starting job.

McDonald has been a career backup in Seattle, but he’ll have a chance to earn a starting job in Tampa Bay. As a rotational player last season, McDonald had 5.5 sacks and 35 tackles.

The Bucs also will have quarterback Josh McCown in for a visit. McCown could end up competing with Mike Glennon for the starting role. Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman, Green Bay center Evan Dietrich-Smith and Cincinnati offensive tackle Anthony Collins are scheduled to visit the Bucs. Linebacker Dane Fletcher, who spent the last three seasons with New England, also was scheduled to begin his visit Tuesday night. The Bucs also have re-signed reserve defensive back Danny Gorrer to a one-year contract.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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