The Buccaneers announced the retirement of K Nate Kaeding and TE Drake Dunsmore, in addition to the release of DT Corvey Irvin, OL Derek Hardman and CB James Rogers to make room on the roster for the signing of 13 undrafted free agents.
In the midst of all the Warren Sapp fanfare at One Buccaneer Place on Thursday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a handful of roster transactions. The most notable was the retirements of kicker Nate Kaeding and tight end Drake Dunsmore.
In addition to the retirements of Kaeding and Dunsmore the Buccaneers waived guard/tackle Derek Hardman, defensive tackle Corvey Irvin and also cornerback James Rogers.
Tampa Bay signed Kaeding as a free agent on April 2 this year to compete with incumbent Connor Barth. In his nine-year NFL career, Kaeding has made 181-of-210 field goals (86.2 percent), including 96 percent (117-of-122) of his kicks inside 40 yards and 58.8 percent (10-of-17) from 50 yards and beyond. He is the second-most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history.
Kaeding enjoyed eight productive years with San Diego where he was the team’s third-round pick in 2004, but tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the season opener in 2011 and was placed on injured reserve. Kaeding battled a groin injury in 2012 that prompted the Chargers to place him on injured reserve with a minor injury designation that required the team to release him when he was healthy.
Hardman was a swing guard and tackle who spent the 2012 season back and forth on the active roster. Hardman played in a total of 15 games during his Buccaneers career, and starting four.
Irvin was a former third-round draft pick by the Panthers in 2009 and was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay last September. Irvin participated in 12 games in 2012, recording just six tackles.
Dunsmore was a seventh-round selection last April out of Northwestern and spent his rookie season on the team’s practice squad.
The Buccaneers announced the signings of 13 undrafted free agents.
Cornerback 5-11 190 Arizona State
Wide Receiver 6-3 211 UCLA
Tight End 6-3 236 South Florida
Cornerback 6-2 193 Northern Illinois
Wide Receiver 5-9 175 Texas
Linebacker 6-5 251 Buffalo
Tackle 6-7 302 Arizona State
Running Back 5-11 203 Purdue
Guard 6-5 325 Western Kentucky
Cornerback 5-11 182 Georgia
Tackle 6-5 334 UMASS
Tackle 6-5 305 Southern Mississippi
Wide Receiver 6-4 220 Rutgers
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