The Bucs reached the mandatory 53-player roster deadline on Saturday, with the two biggest names on the list being DT Gary Gibson and S Cody Grimm. Below is a list of all the transaction over the last two days.
The Buccaneers reached their 53-man roster limit on Saturday evening, waiving S Sean Baker, CB Deveron Carr, T Jace Daniels, LB Dom DeCicco, LS Andrew DePaola, K Derek Dimke, WR David Douglas, LB Ka’lial Glaud, S Cody Grimm, P Chas Henry, DT Lazarius Levingston, DT Matthew Masifilo, DT Andre Neblett, TE Danny Noble, WR Chris Owusu, T Mike Remmers, CB Mason Robinson, and G Cody Wallace.
In addition the Buccaneers terminated the contracts of G Roger Allen, DT Gary Gibson and WR Jordan Norwood.
Kicker Lawrence Tynes was place on the Reserve/Non-Football injury list as he continues to battle a MRSA infection, leaving the Buccaneers paying for three kickers in 2013.
Most head coaches will tell you cut down day is the most difficult day of the year, and Bucs head coach Greg Schiano is one of those that shares that sentiment.
"It’s a hard day," Schiano said. "This is a good group of people, and they’ve busted their rear ends for this organization; we work hard around here. Guys have pushed through pain and done things. It’s the most competitive sports league in the world; 1,696 guys get to do it when it’s all said and done, in the whole world. But that doesn’t lessen the disappointment at all for these guys.
"Today’s a special day for some and a really bad day for others, but at the end of the day, it’s probably not as good as people think, and it’s not as bad. This league goes like [in a circle]. These guys that are here are good football players and tough guys, so they’ll probably resurface, a lot of them, somewhere else.”
Eight of the 22 players trimmed from the active roster on Saturday were rookies or first-year players. However, the resulting 53-man roster does include nine rookies, including the team's entire 2013 draft class, and first-year wide receiver Eric Page.
Of those released on Saturday, eight played for the Buccaneers in at least one game last season – Grimm, Allen, Wallace, Levingston, Owusu, Noble, Douglas and Gibson. Masifilo was on the active roster for seven weeks but did not get into a game. Gibson saw the most action among that group, appearing in all 16 games and making one start. Grimm has the most career service time with the Buccaneers, playing in 23 games over the past three seasons since being drafted in the seventh round in 2010.
At least for now, it appears the Buccaneers will carry four running backs in Doug Martin, Brian Leonard, Peyton Hillis and rookie Mike James. The Buccaneers also have fullback Erik Lorig at fullback.
While this list is called the final cut down, you can almost certainly expect the Buccaneers to continue to tinker with their roster before next Sunday’s season opener at New York.
PewterReport.com will keep updating changes throughout the weekend, including the finalization of the practice squad on Sunday.-Part of this report was obtained from the Buccaneers Communication Department
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