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Can new addition Brandon McDonald help the Bucs' secondary?



The Bucs made a roster move today that won’t make big headlines, but it interesting nonetheless.

In signing cornerback Brandon McDonald and releasing cornerback Desmond Marrow, Tampa Bay added a player who is more experienced than many other members of its current secondary.

McDonald, most recently a member of the Lions, is a former fifth-round pick of Browns, starting 27 games in three seasons in Cleveland. In 2008, he recorded a career-high five interceptions and made an impressive 75 total tackles (64 of them were solos).

McDonald has bounced around since, playing parts of one season with the Cardinals and parts of two seasons with Detroit. What happened to him after his stint in Cleveland? Maybe that’s what the Bucs are interested in finding out.

McDonald, 5-10 and 185 pounds, is still just 26. Does he have anything to offer? The next few weeks should tell us. The Bucs are keeping a close watch on the depth in their secondary. They’ve currently got two cornerbacks down, with Anthony Gaitor nursing a hamstring strain and E.J. Biggers still out with a broken foot.

[Last modified: Monday, August 20, 2012 2:33pm]


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