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Bucs deal McCray to Chiefs for guard Johnson

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Trying to make the most of the last spots on the 53-man roster, the Bucs traded backup safety Kelcie McCray to the Chiefs on Thursday in exchange for Rishaw Johnson, a backup offensive guard.

"We said we'll continue to look at players we think can help our football team ... so we're pretty excited about getting Rishaw Johnson here into the mix," coach Lovie Smith said.

Johnson, 25, is 6-foot-3 and 313 pounds and has limited NFL playing experience -- he started the regular-season finale for Kansas City last year, playing all 72 snaps as the team rested key starters in advance of the playoffs. Before that, he had just three offensive snaps in two games in his career, having spent time on the Seahawks' practice squad in 2012. He started his college career at Ole Miss but was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules in September 2010 and finished at Division II California University of Pennsylvania.

McCray, also 25, had 12 tackles for the Bucs last season, signed off waivers from the Dolphins early in the season. He was best-known for forcing a late fumble from Detroit's Calvin Johnson near the goal line to clinch the Bucs' win at the Lions last year, but was on the outside looking in as part of a deep defensive secondary. He had played a team-high 16 snaps on special teams in each of the Bucs' preseason games.

Johnson is the third offensive lineman the Bucs have added in two days, having added tackle Edawn Coughman and guard R.J. Mattes already. Of the three, Johnson may be best equipped to make it past Tuesday's cut to 75 players and challenge for a job on the 53-man roster as a backup lineman.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:53pm]

    

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