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Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Douglas unable to crack Bucs' DL rotation

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

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When Marques Douglas signed as a free agent with the Buccaneers back in March, he told the media he expected to be a starter at defensive end and shift inside to tackle for some passing downs.

That never came close to happening as Douglas was a disappointment in training camp. He never was able to climb the depth chart and that made him expendable. This obviously was not a good signing for the Bucs, but they realized it and at least may get something out of Douglas. The Bucs traded him this morning to the Baltimore Ravens for a conditional draft pick in 2009.

The Bucs have second-year pro Gaines Adams as their starting right end. Initially, they thought Douglas could challenge veteran Kevin Carter and Greg White for the other starting spot or at least be a big part of the rotation. But Douglas, 31, didn't show much of anything in camp.

Carter apparently will hold onto the starting job. White, who outperformed Douglas, will play a role in the rotation. The final straw for Douglas might have been the play of Jimmy Wilkerson. He has had a strong preseason and can play both end and tackle. Wilkerson is likely to get playing time at tackle on passing downs.