The Buccaneers have waived linebacker Orie Lemon and kicker Brandon Bogotay, after signing long snapper Brandon Hartson and Connor Barth.

Barth, who spent last season in Denver, rejoins the Buccaneers where he will compete with Patrick Murray to be the starting kicker. Murray beat out the veteran during the 2014 preseason and went on to have great year, finishing 20-24 on field goal attempts, but due to recent struggles (two missed FG and one PAT in last two games) Tampa Bay felt the need to add competition.

Hartson, 25, originally signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2013, before getting released before the start of the regular season. Hartson spent brief time on the Chiefs and Steelers practice squad last year.

To make room on the roster Tampa Bay released Bogotay, who signed in May after spending the 2013 offseason on the Browns practice squad, and Orie Lemon, who played in 10 games for the Buccaneers in 2014. Lemon, who was held out of camp and preseason this year with an abdominal injury, recorded 23 tackles in 2014.


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5 years ago

When I saw Barth was waived, I knew the Bucs would pounce on him and I’m glad they did.

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