Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs Release Alex Ardley

Tampa Bay trims roster to 87 with waiver of undrafted rookie cornerback


Rookie cornerback Alex Ardley was released by the Buccaneers on Monday after finishing four weeks of voluntary workouts

On Monday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced the release of rookie cornerback Alex Ardley.

Ardley, an undrafted free agent out of Clemson, originally signed with the Buccaneers on April 23, one day after the 2001 NFL Draft. He hails from Tallahassee, Florida.

Ardley recently finished four weeks of voluntary workouts with the Buccaneers, the last of which was Thursday, June 14. He also participated in the team's mandatory mini-camp during the weekend following the draft.

The move reduces the Buccaneers' roster to 87 players roughly six weeks before training camp is set to begin (July 29). Teams are allowed to bring 80 signed players to camp, plus additional signed players equal to the number of NFL Europe exemptions earned. The Buccaneers could earn up to eight NFLEL exemptions.

The Buccaneers' nine drafted rookies do not count against the roster limit until they have formally signed with the team. They may not report to camp until they do so.

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