NFC South: Adam Weber

Buccaneers make roster moves

August, 26, 2013
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With rosters required to be down to 75 players by Tuesday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers began the process Monday.

Cornerback Anthony Gaitor (torn ACL) and running back Michael Smith (foot) were placed on injured reserve.

The team waived receiver Carlton Mitchell, defensive end Ernest Owusu, quarterback Adam Weber and defensive end Markus White. The Bucs also released receiver Derek Hagan, fullback Spencer Larsen and safety Troy Nolan.

The Bucs also announced they have signed tight end Mike Shanahan (not to be confused with the coach of the Washington Redskins). Shanahan played at the University of Pittsburgh and was in training camp with the New York Jets earlier this summer.

NFC South afternoon update

January, 2, 2013
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Time for a run through some odds and ends from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

There’s apparent good news on the injury front. Cornerback Dunta Robinson (concussion) said he expects to be ready for the Jan. 13 playoff game. Coach Mike Smith already has said he expects defensive end John Abraham (ankle) and cornerback Asante Samuel (shoulder) to be ready for the playoff game. Safety William Moore hasn’t returned to practice after missing the final four games of the regular season with a hamstring injury, but the Falcons seem optimistic Moore will return soon.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Quarterback Cam Newton got banged up in the season finale. But the team said tests revealed no fractures of his ribs or ankles. That means Newton won’t be rehabilitating any serious injuries and should be ready for the start of the offseason program.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Linebacker Jonathan Vilma took great exception to a story in which an anonymous player said defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo should be fired. What jumps out at me is that Vilma’s major problem seems to be with the use of an anonymous source. He doesn’t take advantage of the opportunity to dispute what the source said. Also, I don’t know that Vilma should be lecturing anyone about the use of anonymous sources. He seemed to be the benefactor of information from anonymous sources at various times during the bounty scandal.

Gregg Williams, who was at the center of the bounty scandal, reportedly has been fired by the St. Louis Rams even though he already is suspended indefinitely. If St. Louis coach and longtime Williams friend Jeff Fisher is giving up on the defensive coordinator, I think it’s a long shot Williams will ever return to the NFL.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

The Bucs have signed eight players to futures contracts. Somehow, I don’t think quarterback Adam Weber is the guy coach Greg Schiano was talking about when he said the Bucs could bring in some competition for Josh Freeman.

Bucs bring back DT Wallace Gilberry

September, 3, 2012
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Defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry, who was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday is back with the team.

The Bucs just announced they have re-signed Gilberry and waived guard Julian Vandervelde. That makes me feel a bit better about Tampa Bay’s depth at defensive tackle. Gerald McCoy and Roy Miller, who each have had injury problems in the past, are the starters and Gary Gibson was the only other true defensive tackle on the roster. Gilberry has some solid NFL experience after spending the past four seasons in Kansas City.

The Bucs also announced they have released guard Brian Folkers from the practice squad and replaced him by signing offensive tackle Bradley Sowell to the practice squad. Sowell joins linebacker Jacob Cutrera, tight end Drake Dunsmore, wide receiver Dale Moss, wide receiver Bert Reed, linebacker J.K. Schaffer, quarterback Adam Weber and defensive end Markus White on the practice squad.

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