Cole Beasley #11 of the Buffalo Bills
Cole Beasley #11 of the Buffalo Bills David Eulitt/Getty Images


  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added Cole Beasley to their roster
  • Beasley has been relegated to the practice team but will likely be promoted to the active roster very soon
  • Tom Brady has reportedly played role in the acquisition of Beasley

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are adding another wide receiver to the mix following reports that they have signed veteran NFL player Cole Beasley.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the 33-year-old player will initially sign with the Bucs' practice squad but will eventually be elevated to the active roster.

Beasley suited up for the Buffalo Bills last season and caught 82 passes for 693 yards and one touchdown.

Moreover, he has been known to be a productive player, often catching passes in the slot.

Beasley was released by the Bills this past March. This was about the same month he was permitted by the team to seek a trade.

He has reliable hands, making him a good addition to Tampa Bay's receiving corps.

This is an area that the Buccaneers have been trying to resolve, particularly against the New Orleans Saints last week.

The addition is also timely as Mike Evans is serving a one-game suspension and there are players out due to injuries such as Julio Jones and Chris Godwin/

Evans was suspended after his skirmish with New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore in the team's win over the Saints.

But looking beyond their upcoming game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, September 25, the addition of Beasley is expected to aid the Bucs for the rest of the way.

In the last four seasons, the SMU standout has over 70 receptions to his credit.

But his efficiency with the Buccaneers will still depend on how well he can adapt to the offense of the team, meaning it may take him time to get acquainted with their system.

The signing of Beasley was allegedly influenced by Tom Brady.

Beasley veteran was reportedly on the radar of the legendary quarterback for some time now.

This comes not long after Brady's antics that saw him throwing a tablet to the sidelines out of frustration.

The whole incident was captured on video by Fox Sports, something that has gone viral on social media.

Cole Beasley #11 of the Dallas Cowboys takes the ball across the goal line to score a touchdown against Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images