Bucs Sign Former Northwest Tight End

By Matt Tritten | mtritten@kq2.com

Published 04/01 2014 08:47PM

Updated 04/01 2014 11:21PM

(TAMPA, Fla.) Former Northwest Missouri State tight end Josh Baker hasn't played in a meaningful football game since Christmas Eve 2011, but he's found his way back on to an NFL roster.

Baker signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday.

The Chesapeake, Va. native signed with the New York Jets in 2011 as an undrafted free agent, and played in nine games catching nine passes for 27 yards and a touchdown as a rookie.

But his time in New York didn't last much longer. Baker tore his ACL in a preseason contest against the Carolina Panthers in July of 2012. The former Bearcat missed the entire 2012 regular season, and was released by New York in February of 2013.

Baker's expected to play H-back for Tampa Bay. The Bucs also signed former Dolphins running back Jorvorskie Lane Tuesday to play fullback.

Baker played for Division I FCS Delaware before a knee injury ended his D-I career and he landed at Northwest. In one season in Maryville, he earned All-America honors catching 66 passes for 838 yards.

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