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Buccaneers sign QB Akili Smith

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2005) -- Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Akili Smith has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Smith was the third player selected in the 1999 NFL Draft, but only appeared in 22 games -- with 17 starts -- in four disappointing seasons with the Bengals. He signed with Green Bay before the 2003 season, but did not make the team.

With Cincinnati, Smith completed 215 of 461 passes for 2,212 yards, five touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Smith already had agreed to play in NFL Europe although he was not affiliated with any NFL team. The Bucs said he will play for the Frankfurt Galaxy.

The Associated Press News Service

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