Tampa Bay Buccaneers Welcome Eric LeGrand; Make Roster Moves

Tuesday and Wednesday have both been busy days at One Buccaneer Place, the training facility for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On Tuesday, Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed while playing at Rutgers, visited the team and spoke to the media. On Wednesday, the Buccaneers announced the newest member of the Ring of Honor. Also in the mix, a couple of roster moves that the team announced.

The week started off with the Buccaneers announcing the signings of defensive end Jayme Mitchell and defensive tackle Wallace Gilberry. The team also announced the release of defensive end Hilee Taylor and defensive tackle Myles Wade. The Buccaneers have been doing a lot of signing and releasing on the defensive line, which was a huge weak point in 2011. Gilberry has spent the past four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and has played in 53 games there, recording 14.0 sacks. Jayme Mitchell is a six-year veteran and recently played for the Cleveland Browns. He’s started in 13 games in his career.

Eric LeGrand, whom the Buccaneers signed recently in a heartwarming gesture, visited One Buccaneer Place on Tuesday. LeGrand spent time with his teammates and also spoke to the media. LeGrand, who is paralyzed because of a football injury, is defying the odds and is on a quest to walk again, and eventually play football again. He’s officially on the Buccaneers roster, and his jersey is now available on the team’s website. LeGrand was excited and humbled by the opportunity, saying, “I want to thank the whole Tampa Bay organization for even thinking about this whole idea of picking me up and making my dream come true of being in the NFL.” He also added that he plans to watch the first home game and spend some more time with his teammates in the near future.

Today, the Buccaneers honored Paul Gruber by adding him to the Ring of Honor. He’s the fourth former player to be added to the Ring of Honor and was officially introduced on Wednesday.

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