Bucs release three vets, including Josh Bidwell, Torrie Cox
On the eve of the new league year, the Bucs have parted ways with three veteran players, releasing punters Josh Bidwell and Dirk Johnson and reserve cornerback Torrie Cox.
All finished last season on injured reserve, Johnson after filling in for Bidwell after his season-ending hip surgery. Bidwell and Cox were each longtime Bucs and were key members of the special teams units during their tenures.
Bidwell, who turns 34 in nine days, had two years remaining on his contract with scheduled base salaries of $1 million in 2010 and $1.5 million in 2011. He was acquired as a free agent from the Packers in 2004 after a well-documented bout with testicular cancer. Cox, a sixth-round pick of the Bucs in 2003, was scheduled to make $1.1 million in base salary in 2010, which was to be the final year of his contract.
Also today, the Bucs placed a restricted free agent tender on receiver Mark Bradley, a late-season acquisition from the Chiefs who the team thinks has some promise. He received an original-round tender, meaning a team would have to relinquish a second-round pick should it choose to sign him a free-agent contract.
The decision to protect Bradley is hardly a surprise given the dearth of options at receiver right now.