The Detroit Lions chose not to make a move for a wide receiver last week after Nate Burleson broke his arm in a single-car crash. They took a look at some free agents and likely made a few phone calls about potential trades, but in the end they went in to last week’s game against the Bears with what they already had.
That will not be the case when the Lions take the field against the Green Bay Packers in week five. Kevin Ogletree worked out for the team today and his signing was reported by Pro Football Talk this afternoon.
Ogletree played in all four games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including one start, but was released earlier in the week. He wasn’t a fantasy football superstar but it was a puzzling release by the Bucs considering he was their number three wide receiver. Rotoworld speculated that too many drops may have been a contributing factor.
Our Bucs brother site has another idea:
Just asked @ThePewterPlank why Bucs released Ogletree. Response: "Because Greg Schiano is a moron"
— SideLion Report (@SideLionReport) October 2, 2013
Ogletree had something of a breakout season with the Dallas Cowboys last year, registering career highs in receptions (32), yards (436) and touchdowns (4). However, a big chunk of that came in week one last year when Ogletree busted out of the gate with eight catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
A corresponding roster move has not been announced. Best guess is it will be either defensive tackle Andre Fluellen or fellow DT D’Anthony Smith, both of whom joined the team last week.