Report: Chris Hovan to be released

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Chris Hovan will be released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today.

This is not a surprise because the Bucs tried to shop Hovan for a draft pick after they drafted defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price in the first two rounds. They also have high hopes for second-year pro Roy Miller.

Fellow starter Ryan Sims was also shopped for a trade, but the Bucs weren’t able to get anything for either of them. Wide receiver Michael Clayton also has been offered for trade. The Bucs may hold onto Sims and Clayton for the time being, but it’s obvious the Bucs no longer have big plans for them.

Hovan had been a quality starter for the Bucs when he first joined them. But he and Sims have struggled the last two seasons were a big part of the reason why the Bucs ranked last in run defense last year.