Chiefs sign former Buccaneers player Justin Watson, train Shane Ray

According to longtime NFL reporter Aaron Wilsonthe Kansas City Chiefs signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Justin Watson.

Released from Pennsylvania by the Buccaneers in the fifth round (144th overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound wide played 40 games at Tampa Bay over four seasons, starting four of them . He had 23 receptions (including 15 first downs) for 258 yards and two touchdowns on 40 targets. He was only credited with a single drop on those assists.

But his main contribution for the Buccaneers was on special teams, where he never landed less than 54% of the snaps in any season.

Watson had knee surgery last July and ended up on the team’s Reserve/PUP roster at the end of training camp. After being activated at the end of December, he played in a 2021 game.

Watson’s signing brings Kansas City’s roster to 52 players. We calculate that the team currently has around $2.8 million in cap space.

According to ESPN Yates EstateWatson was just one of many players the Chiefs welcomed on Friday.

Ray, 28, was a first-round pick (23rd overall) for the Denver Broncos in 2015. He spent four seasons in Denver. The Kansas City native went to Bishop Miege High School before attending the University of Missouri. In 2021, Ray played for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.

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