Tampa Bay Buccaneers to sign P Dirk Johnson, release Greg Peterson
The Bucs plan to sign veteran punter Dirk Johnson. He will replace injured punter Josh Bidwell in Saturday's preseason opener at Tennessee. Johnson, 34, worked out Thursday morning with rookie Tim Masthay, 22, a free agent from Kentucky who had been released by the Colts earlier this week. Johnson last kicked in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals in 2008. Bidwell, who reported experiencing pain in his right hip Wednesday, underwent MRI exams to determine the extent of his injury. The Bucs still are awaiting results of those tests. To make room for Johnson, the Bucs released defensive end Greg Peterson.