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Buccaneers promote DL Pep Levingston, release OL Derek Hardman

Otto Greule Jr

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed defensive lineman Lazarius Cortez "Pep" Levingston to the active roster, releasing guard/tackle Derek Hardman. Cortez is a big man at 6'4", 295 pounds and is capable of playing both defensive end and defensive tackle. He should mostly be a run-stopper and is unlikely to do much as a pass-rusher. Levingston was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks out of LSU in the seventh round of the 2011 draft, but has spent the past two years on various practice squad.

The Bucs have consistently 'churned' their roster, constantly releasing and signing new players to keep the bottom of their roster competitive. And they've given those new roster members ample playing time, especially at cornerback. Danny Gorrer, LeQuan Lewis, Brandon McDonald, Nate Byham and Aaron Morgan are some of the mid-season pickups who have earned a lot of playing time. The Bucs are consistently promoting competition at the bottom of their roster, and even if you earn playing time, your job isn't safe.