Buccaneers sign DJ Ware, release Brandon McDonald

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 16: D.J. Ware #28 of the New York Giants rushes against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on October 16, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to be active, signing former New York Giants running back DJ Ware to shore up their running back depth. Ware was an undrafted free agent out of Georgia in 2009 and has spent the past five years with the New York Giants, mostly as a third-down back. With just 324 career rushing yards on 81 carries, Ware has not been a productive back as a runner - but he was much more useful on passing downs. He has 37 career passes for 252 yards, with 27 of them coming last year. Current Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan should be familiar with Ware from his time with the Giants.

The Bucs are expected to place a heavy emphasis on running the ball, but prior to signing Ware they had just three running backs on the roster: Doug Martin, Legarrette Blount and Michael Smith. They've now added some depth in case of injury, which should be useful. To make room on the roster for Ware, the Bucs decided to cut one of their 12 defensive backs in the form of Brandon McDonald.

In addition, the Bucs added linebacker Jacob Cutrera to their practice squad, according to Aaron Wilson. Cutrera spent the past year on the team's roster as a special teamer.

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