For the second time in three days, the Cowboys lost a player with ties to the University of Virginia.
First they bid adieu to tight end John Phillips, who left for San Diego on Tuesday. Then, on Thursday, they waved goodbye to wide receiver Kevin Ogletree after he finalized a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In Tampa, Ogletree will be reunited with John Garrett, the former Cowboys tight ends coach who was hired in January to supervise the Buccaneers’ wideouts.
Last season, Ogletree made 32 catches for 436 yards and four touchdowns, winning the No. 3 receiver position before being gradually marginalized as the season progressed. Ogletree had offered signs that he could have a breakout season in 2012 after catching eight passes for 114 yards and scoring two touchdowns in a victory over the New York Giants in the Cowboys’ first game.
But Ogletree, who was re-signed last March to a one-year, $640,000 contract, remained the inconsistent player he had been since he joined Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2009. In the Cowboys’ final eight games, seven of which he played, Ogletree made only eight catches for 92 yards and one touchdown.
Tampa Bay grabs former Cowboys WR Kevin Ogletree
Dallas Morning News | Mar 15