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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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    California Buc

    I am honestly surprised by this move, who or what is there to gain with cutting him? I don’t think they would make this kind of move without some sort of transaction in the works.

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      jshumaker

      or drug test results

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      tomort1

      He will probably go somewhere else and become another Michael Bennett.

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    Buccaneerblood1

    Anyone have any insight as to why they cut him? Seems like a sudden move right before the game tomorrow.

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    Horse

    About time somebody woke up about him.

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    nitey

    What the hell happened? It’s not like we have an abundance of rushing ends that we can afford to let one go without good reason. Hope PR can get some insight into this…

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    jshumaker

    They have to be speaking to other teams about a trade that at the minimum includes next year’s first round pick

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    Horse

    No way a trade like that.

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    ScottC543

    I think Simeon Rice is still available.

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    dm4bucs

    Strange timing with the game tomorrow night, but this was a long time coming. Always injured and more hype than actual production.

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      gafikdetail

      6.5 and 7 sack seasons in spot duty… before he was injured… relative to recent buc’s pass rushing history, dude was a HoF 😉

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    pinkstob

    I didn’t see this coming at all. However, I didn’t think he would be around after this season. I guess the Bucs don’t anticipate him being fully healthy this season. Also, they must need a safety with Ward and Tandy being doubtful for the game on Thursday. Even with Evans, they are probably brining someone up from the practice squad.

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    macabee

    This one’s got me scratching my head too! This is not the usual MO. If a significant move is planned that is announced first followed by the corresponding cut. And how could any addition help 12 hours before a game. What’s obvious is they’re done with Jaq Smith.

    Their immediate needs now are Safety (due to injury) and DE (due to Smith’s release and no pass rush). The Saints are shopping S Kenny Vaccaro (FA next year) and the 49ers are shopping DE Aaron Lynch (bit of a headcase). None of that makes long-term sense to me. It’s more likely a Buc move like bringing DE Channing Ward up from the PS who actually knows the playbook.

    I’m making wild a$$ guesses here so may as well wait and see what happens. Still a headscratcher, but hope whatever they have in mind works out. Go Bucs!

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    Chris

    So disappointed. Been waiting for him to get back in, and with Spence dinged up thought he would be great rotating in to keep fresh legs at the position. Don’t understand this move. C’mon Bucs blow my mind with the next move. 💣

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    TALLEYBAN BUC

    He bet not go ball out somewhere else Mr Licht !

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    Alldaway 2.0

    Clarke receives more reps in the last game and looked even more lost.

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    seat26

    This was a draft that was loaded with DE’s and Corners. We could have taken one in 2nd round. I would have added 3rd round too as I was surprised we moved up to take LB, but in light of what has happened with injuries that, has now become a brilliant move especially since Beckwith has played so well.

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    Dman

    Between the knee injury and whatever the set back was this summer, too much for this guy to overcome. Wish him luck to making it back.

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    slaythembucs

    This move doesn’t make any sense unless they are working on getting a new pass rusher. If we don’t have a back up option, then y do it? I mean worse case scenario is he might not play well in which case just reduce his reps. Why cut him when our pass rush has been just horrible?

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    stlbucsfan

    Unless there’s something we don’t know this move makes absolutely no sense. Puzzling move for a team with 1 sack on the year and absolutely no investment in the pass rush during the offseason. I get we can’t address everything during the offseason but I’m not sure how we managed to get nothing in free agency or the draft at such an obvious position of need.

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    scubog

    I suspect the move is being made to bring up a safety from the Practice Squad for this game.

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      macabee

      Only one safety on the PS -39 Johnson, Isaiah S 6-0 209 24 R South Carolina. Why not announce this when the cut was made? Puzzling! Anyway chance to say Good Morning, scubog. lol.

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      macabee

      You were right scub, they brought up S Isaiah Johnson from the practice squad.

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