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Bucs Find Familiar Face in Safety Cargile

Tampa Bay made a handful of roster moves on the last day of training camp, including a swap of safeties, with former Buccaneer Steve Cargile returning and rookie C.J. Byrd leaving


S Steve Cargile had 14 tackles for the Buccaneers during the 2006 preseason

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will break training camp on Wednesday, but the task of forming the roster will continue throughout the preseason. In fact, the team made a handful of roster moves on Wednesday afternoon, most notably signing second-year safety Steve Cargile.

Cargile, who was just waived by the New York Giants 18 days ago, will be in his second stint with the Buccaneers. He went to training camp with the Buccaneers in 2006 and appeared in all four preseason games that summer before being waived prior to the regular season. He went on to spend that '06 season in Denver, splitting it between the practice squad and active roster.

The Buccaneers also waived three players on Wednesday: safety C.J. Byrd, wide receiver Joel Filani and cornerback Mike Hawkins. Filani was waived/injured; Hawkins had been claimed off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys earlier in the day.

Cargile has appeared in 15 regular-season games, all with the Broncos in 2006 and 2007, and recorded 11 total tackles. His most extensive playing time came in 2007, when he appeared in 12 games, primarily as a special-teamer.

The 6-2, 210-pound Cargile first entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 2004. He spent most of that season on the Cowboys' practice squad, then was waived the following May and did not appear in the league in 2005. He re-entered the league with the Buccaneers in January of 2006.

Cargile ranked fourth on the Bucs' defense with 14 tackles during the 2006 preseason, also adding one sack and one pass defensed. He played his college ball at Columbia, where he was a receiver for three seasons before switching to safety as a senior. In his one year on defense, Cargile racked up 99 tackles and two interceptions and earned second-team all-conference honors. He hails from Bedford, Ohio.

The Buccaneers signed Filani, a 2007 sixth-round pick of the Tennessee Titans, on May 13. The former Texas Tech star spent the '07 season on the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad. He missed most of this year's training camp while recovering from a hamstring injury. Byrd, a rookie out of Georgia, signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on April 30. He had one tackle in the Bucs' preseason opener at Tennessee last week.

The combination of roster moves on Wednesday left the team with one open spot on the 80-man roster that wasn't immediately filled.

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