Buccaneers re-sign starting safety Phillips, TE Stevens, WR Hankton

TAMPA, Fla. -- Safety Jermaine Phillips, tight end Jerramy Stevens and wide receiver Cortez Hankton re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday. Terms of the deals weren't disclosed.

Phillips has started 72 of 94 games he has appeared in with the Bucs over the past seven years. He had three of his 11 career interceptions in 2008 and also scored his first NFL touchdown on a 38-yard fumble return.

NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports that Phillips received a one-year contract. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Stevens originally signed with Tampa Bay in 2007 after spending the first five years of his NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks. He had 36 receptions for 397 yards and two touchdowns last season and has 184 career catches for 2,044 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Hankton, who joined the Bucs in January 2008, was placed on injured reserve in August and missed all of last season. In five NFL seasons, he has played in 46 games with one start, all with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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