With a roster cut deadline of Tuesday at 4 p.m. the Buccaneers began their cuts early announcing on Monday seven players released or waived and two players put on injured reserve.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers began the tough cut down process a day early, announcing Monday afternoon they have the have waived former USF and Browns wide receiver Carlton Mitchell, defensive end Ernest Owusu, quarterback Adam Weber former Seminole defensive end Markus White, and released wide receiver Derek Hagan, fullback Spencer Larsen and safety Troy Nolan.
Tampa Bay also announced they have placed cornerback Anthony Gaitor (torn ACL) and running back Michael Smith (torn ligament – foot) on injured reserve and signed tight end Mike Shanahan.
Shanahan (6-4, 241) comes to Tampa Bay after having spent training camp with the New York Jets. A North Huntingdon, Pa. native, Shanahan played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh. He entered the NFL this season as a college free agent.
All NFL teams had until 4 p.m. Tuesday to get down to 75 players and all teams must be down to 53 players by August 31 at 6 p.m.
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