Bucs release defensive end Jacquies Smith
The night before the Bucs play host to the Patriots, they've made a roster move, releasing defensive end Jacquies Smith, who played Sunday for the first time in more than a year following ACL surgery.
Smith was a waiver-wire gem for the Bucs, totaling 13.5 sacks in 2014-15, but he injured his knee on his first play of last season and missed the whole year. He returned Sunday with seven snaps against the Giants, but the Bucs have decided to move on from Smith, despite having only one sack in their first three games.
There will be a corresponding move to fill the spot opened by Smith's departure, likely one to address depth concerns due to injuries. That could be promoting safety Isaiah Johnson from the practice squad, with both T.J. Ward and Keith Tandy doubtful due to hip injuries.
Smith does not have four accrued seasons, but he has four pension credits, which is what is needed to skip waivers and be released directly into free agency.