As the start of a new league year approaches, teams are going to start releasing some players. Even in an uncapped year, this is going to happen because a lot of roster bonuses are structured to be paid in the first 10 days of the league year. Teams aren’t going to pay bonuses to guys they don’t really want.
That process has started in Tampa Bay. The Bucs just announced they’ve released punters Josh Bidwell and Dirk Johnson and cornerback Torrie Cox. Bidwell joined the Bucs in 2004, but spent last season on the injured reserve list. Johnson was brought in as one of his replacements, but he also got injured. Cox had been with the Bucs since 2003, primarily as a special-teams player.