Needing to trim their roster by 10 players before 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers completed that task a day early, announcing all 10 moves on Monday afternoon. Among those released were last year’s primary punter, Robert Malone, and recent unrestricted free agent signing Ashton Youboty. Second-year guard Brandon Carter was waived/injured.
All 32 teams were required to get their preseason rosters down to 80 players by August 30. After the final round of preseason games this week, clubs will reduce their rosters once again to hit the regular-season limit of 53.
The following players were all waived on Monday except for Youboty who, as a vested veteran, was released and is not subject to the waiver process:
- WR Aundrae Allison
- CB Vince Anderson
- G Brandon Carter (waived/injured)
- TE Collin Franklin
- DE Brandon Gilbeaux
- WR Detron Lewis
- P Robert Malone
- WR Jock Sanders
- FB Rendrick Taylor
- CB Ashton Youboty
Taking care of the the first roster trimming early made sense, as the remainder of the team began a short week of practice and preparation on Monday for Thursday’s preseason finale.
The fact that most of the team’s starters will be rested during that final warm-up game against the Washington Redskins also may have played a role in the specifics of Monday’s cuts. With reserves slated to see most of the action, the Bucs likely needed to retain a certain amount of depth at some positions. For instance, the team is still carrying nine back-up offensive linemen as it heads into that Washington game, enough for almost two full line rotations even if all five starters don’t play.
Three of the 10 early cuts came from the receiving corps, where there was quite a bit of depth, as is always the case coming out of training camp. The releases of Allison, Lewis and Sanders helps define the remaining battle for receiver spots on the 53-man roster.
The Buccaneers also had quite a bit of depth at tight end, where six players saw action against Miami on Saturday with the returns from injury of
Malone originally signed with the Buccaneers on October 13 as an undrafted rookie who had entered the league earlier in the spring with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Malone took over for another rookie punter, Chris Bryan, and held the Bucs’ job the remainder of the season, averaging 41.5 yards per punt on 52 tries. In July, the Buccaneers signed veteran free agent punter
Youboty was one of two former Buffalo Bill defenders the Buccaneers signed as unrestricted free agents within a week in mid-August. The other, defensive tackle
Carter was signed as an undrafted free agent by New Orleans in the spring of 2010, but joined the Bucs’ practice squad in September before getting a November promotion to the 53-man roster. Anderson split the 2010 season between the Buccaneers’ practice squad and active roster, appearing in three games. Gilbeaux spent last season on injured reserve after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent. Taylor, another undrafted free agent signee in 2010, joined the Bucs’ practice squad for the last month of the season. Franklin joined the Buccaneers as a rookie free agent on August 8.