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Monday, November 14, 2011
Buccaneers bring back John McCargo

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just announced a roster move. They’ve placed defensive end George Johnson on injured reserve and re-signed defensive tackle John McCargo who was cut last week.

It’s kind of interesting that this move comes on the same day that coach Raheem Morris said he saw some of his players “loaf’’ in Sunday’s loss to Houston. Obviously, that’s something you can’t have and it’s got to stop.

But the Bucs now have McCargo and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Maybe those two will thrive in their new environment. But their history suggests the Bucs also could have a pair of loafers on their hands.

McCargo was once a first-round draft pick by Buffalo, but has had an extremely uneventful career. Haynesworth had some good days in Tennessee, but got run out of Washington and New England because his coaches didn’t like what they were seeing.

I realize the Bucs were desperate for defensive line help after losing defensive tackle Gerald McCoy to a season-ending injury and it’s hard to find good players who are available at this time of year. But the Bucs had a lot of success last season with signing young guys off the streets and getting them to produce.

The Bucs also talk a lot about how they like to build through the draft and let young players develop. There might have been a few young defensive linemen out there that have never been accused of loafing. Again, there aren’t a lot of alternatives, but I find it rather interesting that the Bucs suddenly are taking shots on two older players who didn’t work out -- and weren't accused of being high-effort guys -- in their previous stops.