NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport announced on Wednesday that the Bucs are releasing linebacker Deone Bucannon. His release will allow the Bucs to gain a compensatory draft pick and free some cap space.

Bucannon was drafted by Arians in Arizona and could play both safety and linebacker if needed, primarily working as the “moneybacker” in Todd Bowles’ scheme.

Because Tampa Bay had four qualifying free agent signings this offseason – Bucannon, wide receiver Breshad Perriman, punter Bradley Pinion and outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett – that offset their four losses in free agency – linebacker Kwon Alexander, wide receiver Adam Humphries, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and linebacker Adarius Taylor – the Bucs can now gain a 2020 compensatory draft pick, perhaps has high as the third round.

Now Tampa Bay has lost more qualifying free agents than it signed. The Bucs had to release Bucannon prior to Week 9 to meet the requirements to gain a compensatory draft pick in 2020. If the Bucs release another player signed in free agency, perhaps Perriman, the team can gain another compensatory draft pick in 2020.

Rapoport also announced that the the Bucs have signed LB Noah Dawkins off of the Bengals practice squad to replace Bucannon’s place on the roster. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Dawkins played at The Citadel and has 4.41 speed.

Bucannon has just one tackle in five games this season.

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  1. Tough break for Bucannon, he doesn’t even get the free trip to London.
    I was wondering what happened to this guy since I never heard his name mentioned during games.
    More cap space for a CB?
    As for the compensation picks, who cares.
    Licht will only use them on slow footed soft as margarine CB’s.

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  2. That’s a smart move by the Bucs, but I would have thought they would have waited for Jack Cichy to get back after the Panthers game. You would think if the Bucs are in line for a second compensatory pick they would release Perriman too.

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  3. Licht hates OL. Why not use Bucannon’s spot for an OL instead of a LB?

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  4. Tampa Bay Bucs have allowed more yards than any other team in the NFL “338 ave per game” 1690 total
    Last place in NFL
    Tampa Bay Bucs allowed 148 points 30Th in NFL only Redskins and Miami have allowed more
    I give the coach a grade F and I receive 40 thumbs down from the Pewter slow of mind group.
    Fedster Chef complained blamed Defense last year for Bucs woes
    This year Defense is worse and they defend the Game face Bowles to the end.
    You want to place the blame of the 2-3 record look no further than the defense.
    If Bucs had an average defense they would be 5-0

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    • The secondary yes. The Bucs rush D is still #2 and has shut down every single RB that’s played against them. Averaging 60.2 all-purpose yards and 0.4 TDs to opposing running backs in 5 weeks…

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  5. I would also release Perriman and Pinion as neither has earned their contracts. Perriman drops passes and has not utilized his speed to be a deep threat or get chucks of RAC. Pinion has been average and is not needed for kickoffs since they cut Santos. Gay’s leg is strong for kickoffs.

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  6. My question is why is this the first time the Bucs cut someone before the deadline in order to ensure they get Compensatory Draft Picks? Why didn’t they do it before when they didn’t get production from all of those Free Agent busts they signed?

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    • New HC showing the old GM how it’s done.

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      • Sadly this is the correct answer lol.

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    • Stupid GM with no clue for 500

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  7. My heart skips a beat every time it thinks of Jason Licht making another draft selection.

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    • Come on now stlbucsfan..I’m looking forward to Licht’s 1st rd selection of a kicker next year!!

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  8. Buc-up I would agree with Perriman. That gave him shot and didn’t work out.

    Not sure replacing punter mid year makes sense. Who would punt then?

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  9. ***Breaking News***

    Pewter Report releases Buc-Ass-Bob users account.

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  10. So who’s our money backer now? LoL!!!

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    • I don’t know, but can they get a refund?

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    • Andrew Adams. Why not?

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