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Bucs sign former Raider receiver

By Wire services
Published January 30, 2004

Marcus Knight, who has played 21 games with the Raiders, was signed Thursday by the Bucs to an undisclosed contract.

After playing in college at Michigan, Knight (6 feet 1, 180 pounds) entered the league in 2000 as an undrafted free agent with Oakland and spent that season on the practice squad. He played five games in 2001, starting one, and had one special-teams tackle.

He also played for NFL Europe's Amsterdam Admirals in 2001, catching 40 passes for 546 yards and five touchdowns.

In 2002 he played all 16 games, starting one. He had three receptions for 26 yards and returned 29 kickoffs for 705 yards. He also played in the Super Bowl against the Bucs, returning eight kickoffs for 143 yards.

In the closing minutes of the Super Bowl, Knight had two passes that quarterback Rich Gannon intended for him picked off and returned for Bucs touchdowns, one by Derrick Brooks and one by Dwight Smith.

Knight was released before this season.

BROWNS: Ron Wolf, who helped revive the Packers, was hired as a personnel specialist, giving the Browns some much-needed NFL experience in their personnel department. ... Running back William Green was denied a request to reunite with his fiancee, who is accused of stabbing him. Judge Maureen Adler Gravens in Rocky River, Ohio, said she needed more information about Green's treatment for drug and alcohol abuse and fiancee Asia Gray's felony assault case in another court. Gray has pleaded innocent to stabbing Green in the back with a steak knife Nov.19. Green did not attend the hearing. He was suspended from the NFL after he was charged with drunken driving and marijuana possession Oct. 27. He has a March 8 court date.

CARDINALS: Despite speculation he might be leaving, including from an unsure coach Dennis Green, running back Emmitt Smith isn't ready to retire. After a disappointing first season in Arizona, in which he rushed for 256 yards in 10 games before spraining his shoulder, the 34-year-old former Cowboy told ESPN he plans to honor his contract and play another season.

FALCONS: New coach Jim Mora hired Jeff Jagodzinski as tight ends coach. Jagodzinski joins the team after being fired Jan.16 by Green Bay, where he served as tight ends coach for five years. Jagodzinski came to the Packers in 1999 after spending two years as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Boston College.

LIONS: Larry Brooks was hired as defensive line coach. He was on Dick Jauron's staff in Chicago last season, after which Jauron was fired then hired to be Detroit's defensive coordinator.

TITANS: Left tackle Brad Hopkins was added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster. Hopkins, who had been the first alternate, replaces Kansas City tackle Willie Roaf. It will be Hopkins' second Pro Bowl; he also went after the 2000 season. He is the fifth Titan selected for the Feb.8 game in Honolulu.

[Last modified January 30, 2004, 01:32:11]


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