The Buccaneers signed safety Steve Cargile on Wednesday and released cornerback Mike Hawkins, who was claimed off waivers by Dallas earlier in the day. Tampa Bay also waived rookie safety C.J. Byrd, who was guilty of a 30-yard personal foul penalty at Tennessee on Saturday night, in addition to waiving injured receiver Joel Filani.
Tampa Bay has a pressing need to get its secondary right as soon as possible as it was announced on Wednesday that starting free safety Tanard Jackson has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2009 regular season for violating the league's Substances of Abuse Policy. The Bucs expect to have either Will Allen or safety-turned-linebacker Jermaine Phillips fill Jackson's void at the start of the season.
Cargile entered the league as an undrafted free agent with Dallas in 2004. he was signed by Tampa Bay on January 16, 2006 before being waived prior to the start of the 2006 season. Cargile has played in 15 games in Denver during the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
Byrd became a Buccaneer on April 30, 2009, followed by Filani, who was added to the roster on May 13, 2009.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]