CB Tim Wansley played in 12 games with six starts for the Buccaneers in 2003
After nearly two months of constant additions to their 2004 roster, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released three players. The players waived Wednesday were linebacker Altroy Bodrick, punter Craig Jarrett and cornerback Tim Wansley.
The moves made Wednesday create roster space for a team that just drafted eight players and has signed approximately 20 free agents in March and April. NFL teams are allowed an offseason roster of 80 players (plus a few additional spots earned through NFLEL exemptions); even though drafted rookies do not count against that limit until they have signed, the Bucs were still pushing the limit and may have more signings ahead.
Of the three players released, Wansley is the only one who has played for the Buccaneers during the regular season. A seventh-round draft pick in 2002, he appeared in one contest as a rookie before playing in 12 games with six starts in 2003. He finished last season on injured reserve after sustaining a hamstring injury in early December.
Bodrick joined the Buccaneers in 2003 as an undrafted rookie free agent in April. Though he did not make the Bucs' roster as a rookie, he was re-signed in January for 2004. Jarrett was also signed in January; he did not play in the league in 2003 but was the Washington Redskins' punter for the last four games of 2002.