Bucs S Grimm, DT Gibson among cuts to reach 53 man limit
The Bucs placed an emphasis on improving the league's worst pass defense this off-season and the trickle down effect cost safety Cody Grimm his job.
Grimm, the fourth-year pro from Virginia Tech, and defensive tackle Gary Gibson were among the players released Saturday in order for the Bucs to reach the 53-man roster limit by the 6 p.m. deadline.
The Bucs waived S Sean Baker, CB Deveron Carr, T Jace Daniels, LB Dom DeCicco, LS Andrew DePaola, K Derek Dimke, WR David Douglas, LB Ka'lial Glaud, P Chas Henry, DT Lazarius Levingston, DT Matthew Masifilo, DT Andre Neblett, TE Danny Noble, WR Chris Owusu, T Mike Remmers, CB Mason Robinson and C/G Cody Wallace.
Tampa Bay also terminated the contracts of Gibson, G Roger Allen and WR Jordan Norwood. Place-kicker Lawrence Tynes, who is recovering from MRSA, was placed on the non-football injury list. A team spokeman said the Bucs will pay Tynes $905,000 for 2013.
"It’s a hard day," coach Greg Schiano said. "This is a good group of people, and they’ve busted their rear ends for this organization; we work hard around here. Guys have pushed through pain and done things. It’s the most competitive sports league in the world; 1,696 guys get to do it when it’s all said and done, in the whole world. But that doesn’t lessen the disappointment at all for these guys.''
The Bucs bolstered their secondary by trading for Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, signing 49ers free agent safety Dahson Goldson and drafting Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks.
Based on Saturday's transactions, the Bucs will keep four running backs -- Doug Martin, Brian Leonard, Peyton Hillis and rookie Mike James.
The Bucs also opted to go with former Buffalo Bills kicker Rian Lindell over Dimke, the rookie from Illinois. Lindell signed with the team 10 days ago.
"Today’s a special day for some and a really bad day for others,'' Schiano said. "But at the end of the day, it’s probably not as good as people think, and it’s not as bad. This league goes like (in a circle) These guys that are here are good football players and tough guys, so they’ll probably resurface, a lot of them, somewhere else.”