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Buccaneers make roster moves

September, 1, 2013
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TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers initially appeared to be going thin at defensive tackle. But that changed Sunday afternoon.

The team announced it has claimed defensive tackle Chris Jones off waivers from Houston. The Bucs also claimed wide receiver Russell Shepard off waivers from Philadelphia. To make room for those two players, the Bucs released receiver Tiquan Underwood and waived linebacker Najee Goode.

The Bucs had been carrying just three defensive tackles on their original 53-man roster. But Jones gives the team some depth behind Gerald McCoy, Akeem Spence and Derek Landri. Jones was drafted in the sixth round by Houston this year out of Bowling Green.

Shepard was an undrafted free agent. He played college ball at Louisiana State, where he spent time as a receiver, running back and quarterback.

The Bucs also announced they signed cornerback Deveron Carr, offensive lineman Jace Daniels, linebacker Ka’lial Glaud, defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo, tight end Danny Noble, receiver Chris Owusu and tackle Mike Remmers to the practice squad.
Most significant move: The fact the Bucs didn’t put guard Carl Nicks on injured reserve or the physically unable to perform list is a strong sign that the veteran should be able to return early in the season. Nicks has been battling a staph infection. If Nicks can get healthy, Tampa Bay has the potential to have one of the league’s top offensive lines.

Paying the kickers: Although it appears as though Rian Lindell will be the kicker on opening day, the Bucs apparently will be paying three kickers this season. Technically, teams don’t have to pay players on the non-football-injury list. But the team reportedly will pay Lawrence Tynes, who is dealing with a staph infection, his $840,000 base salary. That’s probably a smart move because there could be legal implications if Tynes isn’t paid. The Bucs also are believed to be paying the $2.3 million base salary of Connor Barth, who was injured in a charity basketball game during the offseason. Lindell is scheduled to make $940,000 in base salary and he has a $65,000 roster bonus.

What’s next: With Tom Crabtree dealing with a high-ankle sprain that could keep him out of some regular-season action, the Buccaneers might look to the waiver wire to see if there is a pass-catching tight end they can pair with Luke Stocker.

Buccaneers moves: Waived S Sean Baker, CB Deveron Carr, T Jace Daniels, LB Dom DeCicco, LS Andrew DePaola, K Derek Dimke, WR David Douglas, LB Ka’lial Glaud, S Cody Grimm, P Chas Henry, DT Lazarius Levingston, DT Matthew Masifilo, DT Andre Neblett, TE Danny Noble, WR Chris Owusu, T Mike Remmers, CB Mason Robinson and C/G Cody Wallace. Terminated the contracts of G Roger Allen, DT Gary Gibson and WR Jordan Norwood. Placed K Lawrence Tynes on non-football injury llist.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a series of moves Monday afternoon that don’t look like much on the surface.

But there’s one transaction in the bunch that could be significant for the Bucs. They signed free-agent defensive tackle Andre Neblett, who spent the last three seasons with the Carolina Panthers. Neblett made the Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and worked his way into the rotation in 2011. But Neblett was suspended the first four games of last season and didn’t get much playing time once he returned.

A fresh start, however, could be good for Neblett and the Bucs. Neblett is a run-stuffing defensive tackle and the Bucs have a little uncertainty at the position next to Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy. There’s hope that fourth-round pick Akeem Spence can develop quickly and that Derek Landri, another free-agent pickup, can contribute.

It makes sense to bring in a guy like Neblett. He isn’t going to suddenly turn into a Pro Bowler, but Neblett can at least compete for a spot in the rotation with Spence and Landri.

In other moves, the Bucs signed North Carolina receiver Jheranie Boyd, Northern Michigan offensive tackle Jace Daniels, Mount Union receiver Chris Denton and Rutgers linebacker Ka’lial Glaud after they made good impressions in the weekend minicamp.

The team also waived defensive tackle Richard Clebert, receiver D.J. Monroe and running back Akeem Shavers, while terminating the contracts of guard Roger Allen and defensive end George Selvie.

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