Buccaneers Claim TE Martin Rucker

In addition to signing safety Vince Anderson, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have claimed tight end Martin Rucker off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles, Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times reports.

To make room for both players, the Buccaneers waived wide receiver Mario Urrutia and rookie defensive end George Johnson.

Rucker was a fourth-round pick (111th overall) by the Cleveland Browns in 2008. Rucker appeared in five games, starting one, as a rookie, catching two passes for 17 yards. After being waived by the Browns in early September last season, Rucker was added to the Eagles' practice squad.

A first-team All-American in 2007, Rucker caught 200 passes for 2,175 yards and 18 touchdowns at the University of Missouri.

The Eagles waived Rucker after signing veteran tight end Nate Lawrie on Monday.

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