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May 2, 2013 @ 4:17 pm
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Bucs Make Roster Moves To Sign 13 Undrafted Free Agents

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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.

Deveron Carr
Cornerback 5-11 190 Arizona State

Jerry Johnson
Wide Receiver 6-3 211 UCLA

Evan Landi
Tight End 6-3 236 South Florida

Rashaan Melvin
 Cornerback 6-2 193 Northern Illinois

D.J. Monroe
Wide Receiver 5-9 175 Texas

Willie Moseley
Linebacker 6-5 251 Buffalo

Brice Schwab
Tackle 6-7 302 Arizona State

Akeem Shavers
Running Back 5-11 203 Purdue

Adam Smith
Guard 6-5 325 Western Kentucky

Branden Smith
Cornerback 5-11 182 Georgia

Nick Speller
Tackle 6-5 334 UMASS

Jason Weaver
Tackle 6-5 305 Southern Mississippi

Tim Wright
Wide Receiver 6-4 220 Rutgers

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    I like this group of UFA's and hope they come in and make an impact. Just some quality depth and solid special teamers. I hear that some of them actually have a good deal of upside. I can't wait until we get to see them in person at the practices, hopefully some of them will still be around. I actually really like the Buffalo picks. Sounds like a lot of upside there too. I love the quote from the drafted one, Means, which, by the way, is an awesome name for a defensive player. He was asked about his pass rush and he said something like this. I was raised in a place that was not easy so I don't like people touching me. That's what makes me a decent pass rusher, I especially don't like offensive linemen touching me, so I try to get them off as quickly as possible and make the play. Hopefully he can rub some of that attitude off on some of our other D-linemen.
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    Why are Dunsmore, after just one year, and Kaeding, relatively young for a kicker, retiring after such a short time in the NFL ??? I may be the only one, but I kind of liked the way Rogers played last year in the little bit of time he was able to show us something. But I am sure the coaches see something or have a good reason to cut him. Irving did not do much and we have some good solid talent on the D-line. Not pro-bowlers, but good solid players. The coaches must also like who they got as UFA's on the o-line, since they are releasing Hardman, who I also thought came in and did a respectable job when called upon.
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    Should have kept Corvey Irving. He was a great player at UGA, and a good insurance policy for the d-line. Underutilized talent. Good luck with your next team Corvey!
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    What's with all the U of Buffalo picks? Somebody got a relative up there?
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