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TAMPA, FL (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed unrestricted free agents K Nate Kaeding, DT Derek Landri, RB Brian Leonard, DE George Selvie and WR Steve Smith.
Kaeding (6-0, 187) joins the Buccaneers after spending the last two games of the 2012 season with the Dolphins. Prior to joining Miami, Kaeding spent 2004-11 with San Diego, making two All-Pro teams (first-team 2009, second-team 2006) and two Pro Bowl appearances (2006, 2009). For his career, he has played in 115 games, making 181-of-210 field goals (.862) and 352-of-354 extra points (.994).
Kaeding's .862 career field goal percentage ranks as the second-best in NFL history (Mike Vanderjagt - .865). He ranks first in Chargers history in field goal percentage (.862) and extra points made (349), second in field goals made (180), and third in points scored (889). He has made 80 of his last 81 field goals from 40 yards or closer.
Kaeding originally entered the league as a third-round pick (65th overall) by the Chargers. He attended the University of Iowa, winning the Lou Groza Award (Top Kicker) in 2002. He is the Hawkeye's all-time leading scorer.
Landri (6-2, 290), enters his seventh season, having played in 79 games with 23 starts, recording 197 tackles, 8.0 sacks, six passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, and a blocked field goal.
In his past two seasons, both with Philadelphia, Landri has totaled 82 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 30 quarterback hurries and two sacks. His eight tackles for loss in 2011 led the team.
Landri played collegiately at Notre Dame, finishing his career with 49 games played, making 38 starts and totaling 161 tackles, 10.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. During his senior season he set a school single-season record with four blocked kicks.
Landri originally entered the league in 2007 as a fifth-round pick, (166th overall) of the Jaguars.
Leonard (6-1, 225), a six-year veteran, joins Tampa Bay after spending the last four seasons with Cincinnati. For his career, he has registered 174 rushes for 646 yards and 113 receptions for 814 yards.
A standout at Rutgers, when he left the Scarlet Knights in 2007, he held school records for receptions (207), touchdowns (45) and rushing attempts (678). He led the Big East in all-purpose yards as a sophomore in 2004, averaging 125 yards per game.
Leonard originally entered the league in 2007 as a second-round pick (52nd overall) of the St. Louis Rams.
Selvie (6-4, 270) comes to the Buccaneers from the Jaguars, where he spent the 2012 season, as well as part of the 2011 season. For his career he has played in 36 games, registering 57 tackles, 3.0 sacks and one fumble recovery.
A two-time All-American at the University of South Florida, Selvie finished his career, starting 50-of-51 games played, tallying 227 tackles, 69.5 tackles for loss, 29 sacks, nine forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He is the Bulls all-time leader in sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles. In 2007 he was a Consensus first-team All-American and the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, recording 31.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks, both school records.
Selvie originally entered the league in 2010 as a seventh-round pick, (226th overall) of the St. Louis Rams.
Heading into his seventh season, Smith (5-11, 195), has played in 64 games, with 29 starts, recording 245 receptions for 2,641 yards and 12 touchdowns. Smith has worked with Buccaneers Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan, who was the New York Giants wide receivers coach from 2007-09. They were together for the Giants Super Bowl XXLII Championship.
Smith had a breakout season in 2009, earning his first Pro Bowl selection, and setting a Giants single-season record with 107 receptions, the most in the NFC and the second-most in the NFL (Wes Welker - 123). His 1,220 receiving yards were the second-most in Giants history and ranked eighth in the NFL that year. He has spent the past two seasons with St. Louis (2012) and Philadelphia (2011).
Smith, who played collegiately at the University of Southern California, originally entered the league in 2007 as a second-round pick (51st overall) of the New York Giants.