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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Announce Additions and Subtractions (and Retirements) as Offseason Moves Into Next Phase

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been adding to the roster all offseason long, and with only a few players leaving Tampa Bay, that meant the team needed to thin out the roster a bit to get under the current 90 player roster limit. That means that some players may have to be let go, and today the Buccaneers made the unfortunate announcement that some members of the team may have seen their last days in pewter and red.

 

Derek Hardman’s release is not a surprise, as he was well behind the rest of the interior linemen on the depth chart, with Ted Larsen holding a commanding lead on the backup guard/center position.

Corvey Irvin was a player I thought showed a bit of promise this past season in his brief moments on the field, but with Akeem Spence and Derek Landri joining the roster, Irvin’s days quickly became numbered.

James Rogers was obviously on his way out the door when Eric Wright was secured for 2013, Darrelle Revis and Johnthan Banks were acquired, and the Bucs focused their undrafted free agent signings on the position as well.

The two retirements are certainly surprising, as Kaeding is one of the better kickers of this generation who suffered an injury and never returned to form. The Buccaneers are still likely to add a second kicker to compete over the offseason, but it won’t be a kicker as proven as Kaeding.

Dunsmore was a practice squad tight end who was placed on injured reserve late in 2012, his first year in the league. The Northwestern product retired, and while it’s unclear if the injury he suffered is involved, it’s not unheard of for young players to retire before getting a chance to step on the field in the NFL. Former Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch walked away from football by announcing his retirement before the start of his rookie season.

The Buccaneers also added the following players to the team to compete for a roster spot despite not being selected in the 2013 NFL Draft (courtesy of buccaneers.com):

04/29/2013 Agreed to terms with undrafted free agent WR Tim Wright.
04/29/2013 Agreed to terms with undrafted free agent T Nick Speller.
04/29/2013 Agreed to terms with undrafted free agent T Jason Weaver.
04/29/2013 Agreed to terms with undrafted free agent G Adam Smith.
04/29/2013 Agreed to terms with undrafted free agent CB Branden Smith.
04/29/2013 Agreed to terms with undrafted free agent WR D.J. Monroe.
04/29/2013 Agreed to terms with undrafted free agent RB Akeem Shavers.
04/29/2013 Agreed to terms with undrafted free agent LB Willie Moseley.
04/29/2013 Agreed to terms with undrafted free agent T Brice Schwab.
04/29/2013 Agreed to terms with undrafted free agent TE Evan Landi.
04/29/2013 Agreed to terms with undrafted free agent CB Rashaan Melvin.
04/29/2013 Agreed to terms with undrafted free agent WR Jerry Johnson.
04/29/2013 Agreed to terms with undrafted free agent CB Deveron Carr.

Carr is the player to keep the closest eye on, because he is the most highly pursued member of this group, as he was offered a signing bonus to join the team for offseason workouts and training camp. You can click the links on each players’ name to see their Buccaneers.com profile.

We will keep you updated as we hear more from offseason workouts, so stay tuned all offseason for more Buccaneers’ information.

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