Nearly every year each NFL team has what many would consider a surprise cut.
Bucs head coach Lovie Smith spoke to the Tampa Bay media at 2 p.m. on Friday. While some of the cuts were announced by the time the press conference began, news of Barth’s release had not begun circulated through the social media world.
Smith talked about the difficulty of making roster moves each year at this time.
“Preseason is over, with the regular season right around the corner,” Smith said. “A lot of questions you have going into training camp are answered. “On the other side, as a head football coach, this is one of the hardest days for everyone, as you have to give guys you have been around so long bad news. That goes on as much as anything, and it’s what is going on right now.” Officially the Buccaneers released a list of players they had parted ways with that included DB Marc Anthony, LB Nate Askew T Edawn Coughman, CB Kip Edwards, DE T.J. Fatinikun, CB Anthony Gaitor, LB Ka’Lial Glaud, CB Keith Lewis, OL Andrew Miller, FB Lonnie Pryor, OL Jeremiah Warren and OL Jamon Meredith.
Smith went onto talk about the released players.
“Of course you have heard about some of the players we’ve had to release today, and they are good football players,” Smith said. “There were reasons why we kept them as part of the 75, but we do have to get down, and that process is going on right now. I had the chance to meet with our team to let them know what is going to happen this weekend, as well as check up on some of the injured guys to see where their health is at. A lot of moving parts are going on through this process. “Some of the players that we released today and future players will be asked to come back as part of the practice squad. Getting those additional two players will help out too. Beyond that, I feel like we are a good football team and the players who line up next week feel good about our chances.”
Tampa Bay will still need to release at least eight players to reach the 53-man deadline which is on Saturday.
“It will probably go right until 3 p.m. tomorrow,” Smith said. “The process started this morning, but when I get through, we’ll make some more today and just let it play out.”
Smith cautioned that even after the 53-man roster deadline is met, there could still be some tweaks to the roster before Tampa Bay kicks off against the Panthers a week from Sunday.
“We have a great personnel department,” Smith said. “Just looking over an entire league, as we talk right now, there can be players from other teams that come to our practice squad. There will be players that may end up on our 53-man active roster that aren’t here right now. And I’d say every year there have been guys that have turned out that way.”
By releasing Barth, the Buccaneers will save over over $2 million as Barth was set to earn $3.15 million in salary if he collected all of his roster bonuses. Barth joined the Buccaneers in 2009 and his best season in the NFL came in 2011 when he connected on 26-of-28 field goal attempts and converted all 23 of his extra point chances.
Patrick Murray now becomes Tampa Bay’s placekicker. Murray, out of Fordham, who has never appeared in an NFL game, was signed by the Buccaneers as a free agent back in January.
UPDATE: Later in the afternoon the Buccaneers confirmed that that had in fact released Barth and also defensive end Larry English.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
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