Adam Gase’s purge of players drafted by former New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan led to the release of tight end Jordan Leggett. But the former Clemson star did not have to wait long to find another team.
On Wednesday, Field Yates reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had signed Leggett off of waivers. There was clearly a degree of interest in him from across the league as Field Yates noted that five teams placed a waiver claim on him.
The Jets waived Leggett earlier this week. He was drafted by the team in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft after four years at Clemson.
However, the team recently drafted West Virgina tight end Trevon Wesco. Combined with the breakout year from rookie Chris Herndon, Leggett was clearly the odd man out.
In two seasons in New York, Leggett recorded 14 receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown.
Source: the Buccaneers, Bills, Packers, Steelers and Titans all placed a claim on former Jets TE Jordan Leggett. Tampa Bay landed Leggett because it had highest waiver wire order priority.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 22, 2019
As a member of the Clemson Tigers, Leggett was one of the team’s leading receivers. In four years he recorded 112 receptions for 1,598 yards and 18 touchdowns.
In his final college game, he recorded seven catches for 95 yards in Clemson’s national title win over Alabama.
With so little playing time from his first two seasons in the league it’s hard to gauge what kind of impact Leggett will have with his new team. But the Bucs are clearly adding depth alongside O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.