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October 1, 2013 @ 9:18 am
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Bucs Make Changes, Release Black And Ogletree

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Tampa Bay released former Gator and fifth-round draft pick safety Ahmad Black and also have parted ways with No. 3 receiver Kevin Ogletree. Reports say former receiver Tiquan Underwood may rejoin the team.
With the Buccaneers in the midst of an 0-4 start, Tampa Bay on Tuesday started making roster changes. Wide receiver Kevin Ogletree and safety Ahmad Black were released according to reports.

Black has played in all four games this season, starting two and recording 12 tackles. Black was fined $21,000 following Week 2’s 16-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints in which he was flagged for a hit on Saints tight end Jimmy Graham.

Black was a fifth-round pick out of the University of Florida and has primarily been the Bucs nickel safety.

Ogletree was signed as a free agent in the spring from Dallas and has been a big disappointment. The former Cowboys has been virtually non-existent over Tampa Bay’s first four games catching just eight passes for 70 yards and one touchdown in four games. Ogletree has also has several noticeable drops going all the way back to preseason.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times is reporting the Bucs are expected to promote receiver Chris Owusu from the practice squad and also re-sign former No. 3 receiver Tiquan Underwood who was waived during the final preseason cuts back in August.

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    Ogletree, I can see. Black, not can agree to.
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    I agree with people saying that GM Dom the Don is not realy horrible, but clarly should/could have done way better and therefore should be replaced. All this moves aren´t nearly what the Bucs need. They can do what they want, its all for nothing, as long as that Bonehead is acting like a HC. Every time i check NFL news - its with the hope of reading, that the Buccaneers are moving on from the "guy" they call their current HC..
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    Schiano is making the Buc's the laughing stock of the NFL....AGAIN...and the Glazer's need to put a stop to it.....Time for him to go.
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    The reason why this shows bad GM'ing is because if they would have cut Ogletree before the season (like they should have) the Bucs wouldn't have to guarantee his contract. If Freeman is cut, the Bucs won't have ANY players on the team from the 2009 draft. That was only four years ago.
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    Man am I the only one who thinks Dom, has done a solid job. He is not coaching the players not does he decide their spot on the depth chart. Olgetree and Garrett and a match set, been that way since college. Garrett talked the Cowboys into drafting him. Personally, I think Garrett should have been canned with Ogletree. Hell Mike Clayton would be a better WR coach. As much, I don't like Black he is the 3rd best Safety on the team. Therefore, he either pissed in Schiano's cheerios or he failed another drug test and it hasn't been announced yet. I like to see them sign Sean Baker to fill the void at safety. Back to Dom, he fixed are cap problems and outside of his first round of free agents, done a bang up job of building talent and keep the cap in check. He didn't hire Rah, Schiano or their staffs. Hell the last guy Dom hired was the scout from the Seahawks. He found a hell of a starting NT this is year in the 4th round. The biggest holes on the team are 3rd WR and TE. The last two quality TE's we had were run off by Schiano. I don't think any Bucs fan will be happy this year, no matter who else is canned. However, I would love to see Schiano fired this week and Dave W. decide to start Freeman again. I have a feeling Freeman will go to Oakland and light it up for Dennis Allen and Greg Olson.
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    You're not the only one; 1) I just don't feel like fighting everybody, and 2) I almost forgot . . . I don't always agree with Dominik and Schiano; but, then again, I didn't agree with all Gruden's moves either; but, I know that everyone sees some things and not others. I'm excited to see what insights they have. I just hope they can correct mistakes. So far, I see that they can.
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    @guinness...I don't actually hate Dom that much - not nearly in the same league as Schiano - but I have a tough time giving him a passing mark here: in FA we got Nicks (injured a lot - not Dom's fault) and VJax (2012 was better than 2013) as good pick-ups, Wright as a disaster, and Goldson as good (big hitter) or bad (big penalties) depending on your view, as well as Ogletree (yuck) and Crabtree (has he seen the field)...that's okay I guess but not great. On trades: we gave away Blount and K2 and Talib for basically nothing, and we gave up two high picks for Revis (which is okay but he didn't steal Revis). On contracts: I think he's done much better - particularly Revis with no guarantees and Wright with the wiggle-out clause. In the draft, he's really not great...just look at recent 1st and 2nd rounders for a quick take...he's about 50/50 (McCoy 3rd overall, Barron 7th overall, David, Martin, Clayborn as good; Freeman (now at least), Benn, Price as bad; and Banks and Bowers as unclear) and personally I think passing on Keuchly to take Barron (even at the time as I screamed at the TV) was not a great move, although Barron will be a good player I just think Keuchly will be awesome. So overall, I think Dom has been sort of mehhh, nothing horrible like Schiano, but nothing great....
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    Change for the sake of change. Unfortunately, this leads me to believe that we will be stuck with Schiano for the rest of this year. Reminds me of politicians who claim they take full responsibility for their messes, as long as they are not actually held accountable.
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    @daminator...there's that word again....I'm sure I heard Schiano use it just yesterday..."Accountable" you say...huh....
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    Bringing Underwood back is great but cutting Black with all his Safety experience is another dumb blunder by Schiano.
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    just one thing from me...cutting Black? Did Schiano and Dominik see Tandy play in the preseason?? I'm with macabee, doesn't saftey look criminally thin right now...or maybe we've decided to stop playing with safeties....or maybe again, IS THERE A FORMER RUTGERS SAFETY OUT THERE SOMEWHERE????
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    This has desperation written all over it. Schiano is freaking out so he wants to surround himself with ex-Rutgers players he knows won't step out of line. Black must have said something about what it was like when he was a Gator. Unforgivable for sure.
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    These in season moves are not on Dominik. While he is due plenty of blame for failing to acquire depth in the off season, these moves were clearly because players Schiano and the coaches choose to play these positions weren't performing. It may be Dom's fault for signing Ogletree, but he didn't choose him to be the third receiver.
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    These swinging-door changes are just more examples that GM Mark Diminik (sp?) has no idea what he's doing. If he does survive this year...and I hope he doesn't...he'll be better off sitting back & picking players off Mel Kiper's board than his own!
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    The clown show continues at One Buc. Our high value "slot WR" Ogeltree couldnt last past the bye week. Dare I say, we get a chance to see Page (who has earned it) flash his quickness and speed over the middle on short crossing routes and quick hitters? Nope. Not going to get excited for that because its not going to happen under Schiano. Why bother.
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    Well now that we have another Rutgers player back in the fold, that will shift the entire balance of the team to a winning atmosphere. Dang that Freeman and Ogletree and Black, they are solely responsible for the 4 losses and now that they are gone and we have a higher percentage of Rutgers players, all is right with the world and the Bucs will come back, win 12 in a row, go to the playoffs and win the Superbowl. Thanks for righting the ship Coach Schitano.
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    No major gain or loss here, other than the financial savings of cutting Ogletree.
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    pinkstob, help me out with this. I see a "horns of a dilemma" situation here. The Bucs just released Ahmad Black and Kevin Ogletree. They have brought up WR Chris Owusu and rumor is they will reinstate Tiquan Underwood. Who replaces Black because Barron has a serious hamstring and Goldson has to play it close to the vest because at minimum, he is going to be fined another 100k? At some point, he just refuses to tackle anymore. We have Mike Vick and DeSean Jackson coming to town. Am I missing something?
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    @Macabee - Mac, they must have seen enough in K. Tandy these last few weeks to believe that he can be better than A. Black. Plus, according to PR Black never really marched to the company beat, frequently tweeting things they didn't like. Hopefully Tandy has been picking off passes in practice and is ready to go against the Eagles.
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    Maybe it was Dominick who leaked the info. Whatever, Dom's hands aren't clean either, he needs to be shown the door with the rest of them. The players seem to be taking the fall, when will the offensive staff be held accountable? Garrett should've been let go with Ogletree, and how does the O.C. not be replaced?
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    same as "surferdudes" - that will be VERY important. FIRE SHIANO ALREADY!! every second with him "leading" the Tampa Bay Buccerneers is BS. Players/Captains/GM/Owner need to stand up, someone has to say, what needs to be said. Besides of Scott Reynolds, he has been doing a good job, pointing on the Bucs struggles - realy great amount of respect Rey. i got no respect at all for Shiano though, do ya´ll?! GoGlazers; GoBucs!
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    The fact that this is the 2nd season in a row the Bucs have cut Underwood after the preseason only to re-sign him at the beginning of the season shows Dominik doesn't know what the f$#& he's doing. That combined with allowing this information about Freeman to get out under his watch is the straw that has broken this camel's back. I'm ready to move on from Dominik. The only way Dominik could save face is to find out who leaked the information before the next game, fire him and hold a press conference apologizing.
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    That should put us over the top, LOL! While the wheels go round,and round, can PR please do an article on next years free agent Q.B.'s, out of work G.M.'s, and who the future H.C. might be? This season is over, no way Schiano rights this ship by seasons end.
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