The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have signed QB Jay Fiedler and TE Matt Kranchick. Terms were not disclosed.
Fiedler, entering his 11th season in the NFL, has played in 77 career games with 60 starts as a member of the N.Y. Jets (2005), Miami Dolphins (2000-04), Jacksonville Jaguars (1999) and Minnesota Vikings (1998). He also spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals (1996) after entering the league as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1994. Fiedler worked with Buccaneers Head Coach Jon Gruden from 1995-96 while Gruden served as the Eagles’ Offensive Coordinator.
In his career, Fiedler has completed 1,008-of-1,717 pass attempts for 11,844 yards, 69 touchdowns and 66 interceptions for a 77.1 passer rating. He has also rushed 219 times for 854 yards (3.9 avg.) and 11 touchdowns. He ranks ninth in career winning percentage among active quarterbacks (minimum 10 starts) with a .617 winning percentage (37-23 career record).
Kranchick spent last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers and N.Y. Giants, playing in six games with one start – four games with one start as a member of the Steelers and later two games with the Giants. He has played in eight career games with one start since entering the league as a sixth-round pick (194th overall) by the Steelers in the 2004 NFL Draft.
The Buccaneers also released WR Ben Nelson and T Stefan Rodgers.