CB Derrick Roberson (29) has been practicing with the Buccaneers since mid-September
One day before they were due to take on the Carolina Panthers in a Week Six contest, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a move to restore their roster to the regular-season limit of 53 players. The Buccaneers filled one open spot by signing first-year cornerback Derrick Roberson to the active roster off their own practice squad.
The open spot was created on Friday evening when the Buccaneers traded third-year defensive end Gaines Adams to the Chicago Bears for a second-round pick in the 2010 draft.
Roberson joined the Buccaneers' practice squad on September 15. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in 2007.
Roberson split his first two seasons in the NFL between the practice squads in Houston and Minnesota. He spent the second half of his rookie season and the beginning of the 2008 campaign with the Texans before joining Minnesota in late November. Minnesota re-signed Roberson after the 2008 season and he went to training camp with the Vikings before being released on September 1.
The 5-10, 182-pound Roberson played his college football at Rutgers, where he appeared in 40 games with 19 starts over four years. Though he missed four games during his 2006 senior season due to injury, his final Rutgers campaign was highlighted for an interception return for a touchdown against Illinois. Roberson played his prep ball in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.