The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released wide receiver Freddie Martino to make room for quarterback Jameis Winston on the team’s 53-man roster. The Bucs had a three-day window of time to activate Winston from the NFL’s suspended list.

Martino was deep on the Bucs’ depth chart at wide receiver and was active over rookie receiver Justin Watson due to his ability to play on special teams where he was the gunner on punt coverage opposite cornerback Ryan Smith. The move leaves Tampa Bay with five wide receivers, and will likely mean that Watson becomes active on game days.

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3 years ago

Does anybody know if he’s practice squad eligible?

Reply to  StPeteB
3 years ago

I believe he is. He appears to have two accrued seasons by the NFL definition (at least six games in an active-pay status during a season, in 2016-2017). I don’t think anyone on the Bucs’ current practice squad has more than one, and you can have up to 4 players on a practice squad with two accrued seasons.

3 years ago

The Panthers signed Reid, raving about the former first rounder with size 6′ 1″ 215, and ball skills. The Panthers pounced when they lost their starting strong safety. I wonder why Licht didn’t think a player like that could help the worst secondary in the league?

Reply to  surferdudes
3 years ago

We should have signed Reid. And he signed for 1mil up to 1.9mil with incentives. Oh well! 😔

3 years ago

I agree but all the country bumpkins in Buc land would have been screaming because he respectively kneeled during the national anthem.
Still we thought the same thing about Ward last year and he flopped like a punch drunk fighter.

Reply to  drdneast
3 years ago

About that kneeling thing which is being claimed to be about police brutality towards people of color. Correct?
Not about disrespecting America and the flag. Right?

So what crime have all the police that have been murdered over the last few years committed? Seems like such a assertion on what the kneeling is about has had its desired effect. Police killed for no reason other than they chose law enforcement as a profession. Kap and the kneeler’s should be really proud of such an accomplishment. Right?