Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Trindon Holliday


Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Trindon Holliday reacts prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Denver defeated San Diego 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are moving on from Solomon Patton.

The Bucs cut the kick/punt returner Tuesday in favour of Trindon Holliday.

Patton, an undrafted free agent signing, had been handling the Bucs’ return duties in their opening six games. He averaged 11.2 yards on 10 punt returns while averaging 23.1 yards on 17 kick off returns.

He struggled to break off any big runs however — his longest punt return was 33 yards while managing a high of 28 yards on kick returns.

Holliday, on the other hand, is an explosive return man. He has two career punt returns for touchdowns and has taken two kick off returns to the house also. He has averaged 27.1 yards on kick returns and 9.4 on punt returns during his time with the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos. However, he has fumbled 11 times.

Holliday was in training camp with the New York Giants but a hamstring injury led to him going on injured reserve before they released him earlier this month.

Tampa Bay also cut defensive end Scott Solomon in favour of promoting T.J. Fatinikun from the practice squad. Solomon had seven tackles and a sack in six games.

The Bucs also released linebacker Shayne Skov from the practice squad and signed receiver Marcus Thigpen and linebacker Mister Alexander.

In other Buccaneers news, defensive end Da’Quan Bowers has been suspended two games without pay for violating the league’s performance enhancing substance policy. He is the second Buccaneer in less than a week to be suspended after fullback Jorvorskie Lane was also suspended for PED use.

In five games, Bowers has six tackles and a sack.

Bowers is eligible to return on Monday, Nov. 3, after the Bucs’ game on the road against the Cleveland Browns.