Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs Release Martino, Switch Up Practice Squad

The Bucs have one open spot on the active roster after releasing WR Freddie Martino on Tuesday while also making a round of changes to the practice squad


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a big chance to the coaching staff to start Week Seven, and now they're making some smaller alterations to the roster.

On Tuesday, the Buccaneers released wide receiver Freddie Martino, who had just re-signed with the team on Saturday. The team also switched out two spots on the practice squad, adding cornerback David Rivers and guard Ruben Holcomb and releasing tackle Jarron Jones and running back Dare Ogunbowale.

There was no complementary to move to the release of Martino, which means the team has an open spot on the 53-man roster. That is likely to be filled before the team returns to the practice field on Wednesday afternoon.

Martino played in the Buccaneers' Week Six game at Atlanta on Sunday, logging 15 snaps on special teams. He also appeared in three earlier games this season before being released on Sept. 27. Over the past three seasons, Martino has played in 25 games for the Buccaneers, recording 13 catches for 238 yards and a touchdown.

All four of the players involved in the practice squad moves went to training camp with the Buccaneers. Rivers had also seen time on both the practice squad and the active roster in Tampa at the end of the 2017 season, and he took part in the team's entire offseason program. However, he suffered a hamstring injury in early August and was waived with an injury settlement on August 14. Due to that settlement, Rivers only became eligible to re-sign with the Buccaneers this week; he previously could have signed with any other team.

Rivers was injured before the Buccaneers began their preseason slate, but Holcomb played in all four games and started the last one at left guard. He played his college football at the University of Indianapolis, which last had a player in the NFL in 1957. Holcomb first attended the Buccaneers' rookie mini-camp in May on a tryout contract before earning a roster spot for training camp.

Ogunbowale had been on the Bucs' practice squad since the start of the season and was also briefly with the team last December. Jones joined the practice squad in Week Two.

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