Buccaneers release Derrick Ward, Terrence Nunn; Jon Alston to IR


This means the Buccaneers now have met today's 75-man roster limit. Derrick Ward hasn't been performing well during the preseason but looked better in his last game. He was the Bucs' biggest free agency signing in 2009, and can now be labeled a free agency bust. This move opens the door to keep Clifton Smith, as the team has just two RBs on the roster: Cadillac Williams and Kareem Huggins. Another option would be keeping an extra fullback and using Earnest Graham as a backup running back. Update: the Buccaneers website now says Alston was placed on IR, not released.