Bucs still looking at safety options
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Buccaneers signed a veteran safety Wednesday, but it's not the type of move that's going to solve all of their problems.
They brought in Steve Cargile, who's been bouncing around the league since 2004. Cargile has appeared in 15 career games with Denver and spent the 2006 preseason with the Bucs.
His signing comes a day after the Bucs revealed that starting safety Tanard Jackson will be suspended for the first four games. Cargile isn't an immediate favorite to take over Jackson's job, but he gives the Bucs someone with a bit of experience.
Jackson still ran with the first team through most of Wednesday afternoon's practice. The most obvious solution is to plug veteran Will Allen into the starting spot, but Allen is banged up right now. Allen should be ready for the regular season.
The Bucs still aren't ruling out the possibility of using linebacker Jermaine Phillips at safety, where he spent his career before moving this offseason. But that doesn't seem to be the main priority right now. The Bucs went through practice with Phillips getting most of the work with the first team at weakside linebacker, but did get a bit of work at safety.
Phillips' background is at strong safety, which is the same spot Sabby Piscitelli is in. But Phillips said he wouldn't have any trouble playing free safety if the Bucs asked.
"Safety is safety,'' Phillips said.
The Bucs also made a few other roster moves Wednesday. They released safety C.J. Byrd and waived receiver Joel Filani with an injury settlement. They also released cornerback Mike Hawkins, who hadn't even joined the team yet. Hawkins had been claimed off waivers from Dallas earlier Wednesday.