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Bucs Sign/Release Players

Posted Sep 2, 2007 by Anwar S. Richardson

Updated Sep 2, 2007 at 07:51 PM

TAMPA – The Bucs did not waste any time resigning running back Kenneth Darby and six other players to their practice squad a day after their release.

Darby, cornerback Marcus Hamilton, tight end Keith Heinrich, receiver Chad Lucas, center/guard Enoka Lucas, tackle Dennis Roland and fullback Byron Storer were signed to practice squad contracts on Sunday.

Retaining Darby is seemingly a good move for Tampa Bay, which drafted him out of Alabama in the seventh round earlier this year. Darby led Tampa Bay in rushing with 33 rushes for 135 yards and one touchdown during the preseason, and considering the Bucs are only carrying four backs on their roster, he could be called upon any of those players sustain an injury

Sunday’s practice squad signings were just one of several moves by Tampa Bay.

The Bucs also claimed receiver claimed Taye Biddle and cornerback Anthony Madison off waivers from Carolina and Pittsburgh, respectively. To make room for those new additions, the Bucs released cornerback Sammy Davis and linebacker Leon Joe.

In addition, the team placed tackle Chris Denman, receiver Chas Gessner, cornerback Carlos Hendricks and receiver Paris Warren on injured reserve.

However, the Bucs released guard Jeb Terry from injured reserve after he reached an injury settlement with the club.

Biddle, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent with Carolina in 2006, has played in two career games with three receptions for 37 yards.

Madison played in 11 games with the Steelers last season, totaling three tackles, as well as 10 special teams tackles. Madison entered the league as an undrafted free agent with Pittsburgh in 2006.

Davis was signed as a free agent by the Buccaneers on March 13. Joe was claimed off waivers from the Chicago Bears on August 28.

Reader Comments

Por (David Ferguson) on September 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Ok. What I don’t understand is….Sammy Davis was (supposedly) having a good camp and even being referred to as his “emergence” is the reason the let Zemaitis go. Now, a day later they cut him? And he is replaced by people who probably won’t even be game day active?! Who is the fourth corner? I don’t question alot of Bruce’s moves publicly because I feel like that’s part of being loyal to the team but, WTF!?

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Por (Ray Shalloway) on September 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

It’s ok to question their moves…doesn’t make you a disloyal fan. That kind of reasoning belongs only to Pewter Report posters and Republicans. I don’t question the Davis release so much as all the crap the last few weeks with Joe and Mackey. Great management there!

I’m sure they just love that Ellis is gonna give the Seahawks all the dirt for week 1.

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Por (Vincent Beilman) on September 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

David—You must have been reading bad info. The Bucs did not think much of Davis (could not tackle) and even less of Zemaitis (could not cover or grasp defense). It was the emergence of Phillip Bucannon and Tanard Jackson (safety but also nickel corner) that pushed these guys out.  The new corner and WR are both special teams guys.

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Por (Joseph Lukas) on September 03, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Ray…Keep politics out of this you liberal Democrat.

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Por (Kiwani Gunn) on September 03, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Listen up Ray. You want to post your stupid sports comments here, that’s cool. But keep your stupid political comments to your brain-dead self.

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Por (Brandon Short) on September 03, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Ray,

Players giving away info is a way overhyped and overstated myth.  Wyms was cut BEFORE the Bucs started preparing for the Seahawks.  Anything that Wyms could tell the Seahawks is pretty much the same thing that all of the Seahawk’s coaches and scouts know, Chuck Darby knows and anybody else that has played in the tampa-2. 

I’m not sure why you don’t understand the Joe and Mackey signings… A player or two got hurt and they needed bodies, what’s so hard to understand about that?

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