The Buccaneers are apparently not done making some roster cuts. Sunday afternoon, veteran cornerback Eugene Wilson was cut. Wilson seemed to be the Bucs fourth cornerback after cutdown day on Saturday. Wilson was released in order for Tampa Bay to open up a roster spot for another veteran cut from a different team. In fact, the Buccaneers have claimed offensive lineman James Lee off waivers from Cleveland to get back to 53 players on their active roster. Lee was acquired to help shore up Tampa Bay's offensive line, which is weakened in numbers due to right guard Davin Joseph's broken foot.
After playing safety for the New England Patriots for five seasons, Wilson entered free agency and the Buccaneers pursued him to play cornerback for Tampa Bay. Wilson signed with the Bucs on March 17. Rookie first-round pick Aqib Talib beat out Wilson for the nickel cornerback spot, but Wilson appeared to be the fourth cornerback on the depth chart ahead of rookie Elbert Mack.
Wilson had some big seasons for the Patriots. In 2003 as a rookie, Wilson started 15 games at safety with 66 tackles and four interceptions. Wilson helped the Patriots win Super Bowl XXXVIII. Then in his sophomore campaign, Wilson again was starting at safety for the Patriots and helping them to repeat as Super Bowl champions. In 2004, Wilson virtually duplicated his rookie year numbers when he recorded 67 tackles and four interceptions while starting 14 games.
In Wilson's third NFL season, he started all 16 games and led the Patriots secondary with 65 tackles, and chipped in one interception. New England lost in the playoffs that season to Denver after beating Jacksonville in the Wild Card round. After his third season, Wilson's career hit some rough patches as he was injured in 2006 and started four games before being placed on injured reserve. Last year, Wilson started six games and appeared in 11 contests for the Patriots. Wilson was a backup for the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl.
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