Dallas Clark Signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2012

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 03: Tight end Dallas Clark #44 of the Indianapolis Colts runs the ball against Safety Sean Jones #26 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 3, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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It hasn't taken the Tampa Bay Buccaneers long to move on from one tight end and add another.

Fresh off Kellen Winslow telling Ross Tucker of SiriusXM NFL Radio that the team informed him he would be traded, Aaron Wilson of Scout.com is reporting that the team has signed ex-Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark:

Source: Buccaneers sign tight end Dallas Clark: bit.ly/LvGM0K

— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 21, 2012

Terms of the deal are unknown at this time.

Clark has been injury-prone over the past two years, missing 10 games in 2010 and five games in 2011. He's managed 71 catches for 697 yards and five touchdowns during his two injury-riddled seasons.

That's in contrast to 2009, in which a healthy Clark snagged 100 receptions for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns.

That's closer to the Clark the Bucs will hope they are signing, especially since they will be trading away the 75 receptions for 763 yards and two touchdowns Winslow provided last season in 16 games.

Winslow has led the team in receptions over the past three seasons and hasn't missed a game since coming to Tampa Bay in 2009.

The shift from Winslow to Clark may have to do with Greg Schiano wanting a culture change in the locker room, and Winslow's production will be missed less with the presence of Vincent Jackson in Tampa Bay.

And if Clark has another good season or two in him, it could be a savvy addition for the team that may have won the offseason after adding Jackson and Carl Nicks in free agency and Mark Barron, Doug Martin and Lavonte David in the draft.

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