Bucs cut 12, including S Major Wright, LB Jeremiah George
The Bucs have made their initial wave of roster cuts, with 12 players waived and released on Sunday to get the team within two moves of the NFL's cutdown to 75 by Tuesday afternoon.
Most notable was safety Major Wright, who has lost out to rookie Ryan Smith in a battle for the team's fourth safety job. Wright had 76 tackles in two seasons with the Bucs, but had fallen into a backup role and was due to make $1.75-million in 2016.
The Bucs cut last year's starting punter, Jake Schum, who lost out to newcomer Bryan Anger for the punting job, and cut linebacker Jeremiah George, a Clearwater grad who had played primarily on special teams, getting a key block on Adam Humphries' 73-yard punt-return touchdown Friday night. Another local among the cuts was former Jefferson and USF receiver Andre Davis, who had played sparingly in the preseason.
Most of the other cuts were to be expected: RB Storm Johnson, TE Tevin Westbrook, OL Taylor Fallin, DE Martin Ifedi, DT Ishmaa'ily Kitchen, DT Travis Britz, S Kimario McFadden and CB Daniel Davie.
The Bucs must cut two more players by 4 p.m. Tuesday, with another 22 moves after Thursday's preseason finale to get to the final cutdown of 53 players Saturday.