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09 March 2016


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents Bradley McDougald and wide receiver Russell Shepard, and tendered the following exclusive rights free agents: long snapper Andrew DePaola, linebacker Jeremiah George and defensive end Jacquies Smith.
McDougald (6-1, 209) was acquired by Tampa Bay off of waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013. Since joining the Buccaneers, he has played in 34 games, with 20 starts, totaling 133 tackles, 11 passes defensed and three interceptions. Last season, McDougald recorded 87 tackles, the third-most on the team.
Shepard (6-1, 195) has played in 43 games for the Buccaneers since joining the team off of waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. In his three seasons with Tampa Bay, Shepard has caught seven passes for 91 yards and one touchdown, while leading the Buccaneers’ special teams. Tampa Bay’s special teams captain in 2015, Shepard has 30 career special teams tackles and his 29 solo special teams tackles are tied for the sixth-most in the NFL since 2013. He also has one career forced fumble.
DePaola (6-2, 230) has spent the last two seasons with Tampa Bay (2014-15), playing in all 32 contests, registering eight special teams tackles.
George (5-11, 234) joined Tampa Bay last season (2015) after spending his rookie year with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2014). In his career, he has played in 14 games, recording four tackles, one tackle for loss and nine special teams tackles.
Smith (6-2, 260) came to the Buccaneers after being claimed off of waivers from the Buffalo Bills in 2014. During the past two seasons with Tampa Bay (2014-15), Smith has started 18-of-27 contests, totaling 39 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries (one for touchdown) and three passes defensed. Smith’s 7.0 sacks last season ranked second on the team.
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