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11 April 2016

WR RUSSELL SHEPARD SIGNS RFA TENDER; DE JACQUIES SMITH SIGNS EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS CONTRACT

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that wide receiver Russell Shepard has signed his restricted free agent tender and defensive end Jacquies Smith has signed his exclusive rights contract.
 
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.
 
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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