According to ProFootballTalk, 2012 Oakland Raider Derek Hagan has been signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to bolster their wideout corps as the team attempts to lock Mike Williams into a new deal. General Manager Mark Dominik made the announcement of Hagan’s signing on Thursday.
An NFL journeyman since coming into the league in 2006 after being drafted by the Dolphins, Hagan played in 14 games with the Raiders last season, catching 20 passes for 259 yards stepping in to fill the void left by Jacoby Ford’s season ending injury. It was Hagan’s second stint with the team as he also played for the Raiders for six games in 2011 before eventually being cut and then joining the Bills. With the Raiders having health problems at the receiver position last year, Hagan was brought in and contributed enough to draw the attention of the Bucs, who are looking to continue to build towards the playoffs in a tough NFC South division.
Hagan also spent time with the New York Giants for the 2009 and 2010 seasons as part of a career that has seen Hagan bounce around as a depth player since being cut from the Dolphins in 2008. Yet as a wideout there will always be a place for a receiver like Hagan, as was shown in his comeback stint with the Raiders last season where Hagan was good enough to stick around for the entire season. Going to Tampa, he will be hoping to see an even more elevated role on a new team.
With reports that Mike Williams is close to reaching on terms for an extension in Tampa, Hagan will be looking to make his case to be the Bucs #3 target behind Williams and Vincent Jackson at training camp. Hagan will be competing with receivers Kevin Ogletree, Tiquan Underwood, Chris Owusu and David Douglas for playing time as the Buccaneers do have a list of receivers for coach Greg Schiano and new offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan to look at, but the veteran Hagan will have as good of a chance as any to break into at least the top four of the depth chart behind Ogletree.
Oakland will likely not miss Hagan in 2013 as the return of Jacoby Ford and the addition of Josh Cribbs and two other receivers meant that the Raiders had no room for Hagan. Still it is nice to see a guy who has been trying to get himself into a more featured role in the NFL continue to get an opportunity to showcase his talents. Hagan seems destined for a journeyman career in the league, bouncing from training camp to training camp and stepping in on a team that loses a wide receiver when he can find the work, but maybe a chance in Tampa Bay can lead to a long awaited breakout from Hagan.