Sep 22, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Kevin Ogletree (85) drops a pass while defended by New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty (32) and New England Patriots corner back Alfonzo Dennard (37) during the fourth quarter of a game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Buccaneers 23-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Begin to Overhaul Roster, Release Kevin Ogletree and Ahmad Black, Bring Back Chris Owusu

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were thought to be a team with decent backup options at safety and receiver this preseason, with the seemingly promising Kevin Ogletree and the unheralded solid backup Ahmad Black presenting the team with valuable depth.

So much for that.

Per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers have released both players today, during the second day of their bye week.

For Ogletree, his replacement is immediate and direct, as Chris Owusu will take his place on the roster from the practice squad.

 

For Black, no announcement has been made about a potential replacement. And frankly, he’s the one who needs the replacement more, as the Buccaneers are injured at safety (Mark Barron has a hamstring issue), have a suspension risk at safety (Dashon Goldson), and often use three safeties at a time.

The team may also be in the midst of looking for a true backup strong safety if Mark Barron’s injury is for a prolonged period of time. Sean Baker and Cody Grimm could be the names on the short list.

And according to Rick Stroud, there’s another name to keep in mind to fill Black’s vacated roster spot.

 

We’ll be sure to keep you informed as news becomes available.

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