Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Bucs release kicker Barth

The Bucs released kicker Connor Barth on Monday, three days after trading up to draft Florida State's Robert Aguayo in the second round.

It was the third straight year that the Bucs released Barth in favor of a rookie. In 2014, Barth was beaten out by rookie Patrick Murray. Last season, the Bucs chose rookie Kyle Brindza, but Tampa Bay released him after four games and brought back Barth.

"Connor has been a productive and efficient kicker in the league over the years and I know he still has plenty of kicks left in his career," Bucs general manager Jason Licht said Monday.

Striker to Bills: Former Armwood High star Eric Striker was among 14 undrafted rookie free agents to sign with the Bills. Saturday, a video emerged of Striker, who played linebacker at Oklahoma, tearfully thanking family and friends for being with him through the draft process. "I know my mom and my dad are a little hurt. Some of you all are hurt, too," Striker said. "Don't get caught up in the NFL moment because you know the sun will rise." Buffalo also declined to pick up a fifth-year option on former FSU quarterback EJ Manuel. Players who don't have options picked up might still return — the Bucs declined the 2016 option on running back Doug Martin a year ago but signed him to a five-year deal in this offseason.

Stubblefield charged: Former 49ers and Redskins defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield, 45, faces five felony charges in connection with the alleged rape last year of a woman that the Santa Clara County district attorney's office called "developmentally delayed." He denied the charges. Bail was set at $250,000. He had contacted the then 31-year-old woman on a baby-sitting website and arranged an interview, prosecutors said.

Chiefs: They exercised their fifth-year option on left tackle Eric Fisher. The 2013 No. 1 overall draft pick is scheduled to make $11.9 million during the 2017 season.

Jaguars: They declined to exercise a fifth-year option on offensive lineman Luke Joeckel.

Jets: They exercised their fifth-year option on defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, but declined the option on cornerback Dee Milliner.

Steelers: Linebacker James Harrison, who turns 38 Wednesday, announced on his verified Instagram page that he plans to play this fall. Also, former Bucs quarterback Bruce Gradkowski re-signed on a one-year deal and the team did not pick up linebacker Jarvis Jones' fifth-year option.

Elsewhere: Cleveland released former Bucs linebacker Scott Solomon. … Washington released cornerback Chris Culliver, who signed a four-year deal last summer and played six games before tearing the ACL and MCL ligaments in his right knee in November. … Safety Eric Reid (49ers) and defensive end Ziggy Ansah (Lions) had fifth-year options picked up for 2017. Among the players who had their options declined were Titans guard Chance Warmack, Vikings receiver/returner Cordarrelle Patterson and Raiders corner DJ Hayden.

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