Bucs release veteran defenders Tyrone McKenzie, Kyle Moore
The Bucs have released veteran defenders Kyle Moore and Tyrone McKenzie, the St. Petersburg Times has confirmed.
After last night's final preseason game, the Bucs faced some difficult roster decisions, and have apparently begun to make them. Coach Raheem Morris is scheduled to speak with the media at 1 p.m., at which time he'll shed more light on the roster decisions.
Also released today was former Bill No. 1 pick John McCargo, who joined the team midway through the preseason. The Bucs are also expected to at some point release quarterback Rudy Carpenter, the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart. The team is likely to go into the regular season with just two quarterbacks on the roster -- Josh Freeman and Josh Johnson.
The Bucs and all NFL teams must reduce their rosters to the 53-man limit by 4 p.m. Saturday.
McKenzie, a former USF star and third-round pick of the Patriots in 2009, was said by coaches to be competing for the starting job at middle linebacker at the start of training camp. However, it soon became clear rookie Mason Foster had won the job and McKenzie was competing for a spot in the rotation.
Moore spent much of his tenure with the Bucs nursing injuries after being drafted by the Bucs in the fourth round in 2009 -- the first under general manager Mark Dominik and coach Raheem Morris.