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August 19, 2009 @ 11:19 am
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Bucs Sign S Cargile; Release CB Hawkins, FS Byrd And WR Filani

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The Buccaneers signed safety Steve Cargile on Wednesday and released cornerback Mike Hawkins, who was claimed off waivers by Dallas earlier in the day. Tampa Bay also waived rookie safety C.J. Byrd, who was guilty of a 30-yard personal foul penalty at Tennessee on Saturday night, in addition to waiving injured receiver Joel Filani.

Tampa Bay has a pressing need to get its secondary right as soon as possible as it was announced on Wednesday that starting free safety Tanard Jackson has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2009 regular season for violating the league's Substances of Abuse Policy. The Bucs expect to have either Will Allen or safety-turned-linebacker Jermaine Phillips fill Jackson's void at the start of the season.

Cargile entered the league as an undrafted free agent with Dallas in 2004. he was signed by Tampa Bay on January 16, 2006 before being waived prior to the start of the 2006 season. Cargile has played in 15 games in Denver during the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

Byrd became a Buccaneer on April 30, 2009, followed by Filani, who was added to the roster on May 13, 2009.

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