Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Bucs sign former Eagles FB Martin to one-year contract
TAMPA, Florida - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed
fullback Cecil Martin to a one-year contract Tuesday, one week
after perennial Pro Bowler Mike Alstott was placed on injured
Martin, 28, spent training camp with the Oakland Raiders after
four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. Known for his
blocking, he carried just 25 times for 107 yards but caught 66
passes for 365 yards and two touchdowns and helped Duce Staley
top the 1,000-yard mark in 1999 and 2002.
Last season, Martin lost four yards on his only carry and had 15
receptions for 126 yards.
"As injuries mount, roster changes are possible," Tampa Bay
coach Jon Gruden said. "If we feel that there's someone that
can come in and help us temporarily or permanently through this
season, we're going to continue to look hard and try to find
ways to help ourselves."
To clear a roster spot, the Buccaneers (3-2) released rookie
linebacker Justin Smith, who later was signed to the practice
squad. Running back Travis Stephens was waived from the
Bothered by a neck injury for weeks, Alstott aggravated it
October 6 during a 38-35 overtime loss to Indianapolis.