Tight end Luke Stocker will remain with Buccaneers

TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers kept one of their own from hitting the free-agent market Saturday.

Veteran tight end Luke Stocker agreed to contract terms to remain with the team. He could have become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday. A fourth-round pick in 2011, Stocker was a key contributor last year.

He started seven games and earned a lot of playing time at fullback. He also was a regular on special teams.

With Stocker back, the Bucs now have all three of their top tight ends under contract for 2015. Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Myers remain under contract. So does Cameron Brate, who was on the roster at the end of last season. Brate will have to compete for a roster spot.