Couple surprises among cuts
The Bucs announced their final roster cuts tonight to get the NFL's mandated 53-man roster, and they made some difficult choices in the process.
As we told you earlier, quarterback Chris Simms made the cut -- for now. See the following posts for more on that.
Among those released was defensive tackle Ellis Wyms, seventh-year veteran who started eight games last season after the Anthony McFarland trade. Also released: outside linebacker Jamie Winborn, also in his seventh year, who has spent the past two seasons as Derrick Brooks' backup on the weak side.
The Bucs also waived receiver Mark Jones, who was thought to be the best candidate to return punts and, possibly, kickoffs. It's not clear who those duties will fall to.
Among rookies, the Bucs waived running back Ken Darby and cornerback Marcus Hamilton, both taken in the seventh round.
Vested veterans released: TE Keith Heinrich, LB Jamie Winborn, DT Ellis Wyms.
Waived: DT Darrell Campbell, RB Kenneth Darby, RB Lionel Gates, CB Marcus Hamilton, DE Julian Jenkins, WR Mark Jones, TE C.J. Leak, WR Chad Lucas, G/C Enoka Lucas, LB Jerry Mackey, S Donte Nicholson, T Dennis Roland, FB Byron Storer, CB Alan Zemaitis.
Waived/injured (by rule, these players will be placed on injured reserve if they clear waivers): T Chris Denman, WR Chas Gessner, CB Carlos Hendricks, WR Paris Warren.