The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released defensive tackle Corvey Irvin, offensive lineman Derek Hardman and cornerback James Rogers according to Sports Talk Florida's Jenna Laine. The Buccaneers are reportedly releasing these players to accommodate the drafted and undrafted rookies the Bucs added in the past week.
During the offseason there's a 90-man roster limit, which includes unsigned draftees. The Bucs added nineteen players in the draft and through rookie free agency while they had 74 players under contract by my count. These three releases would bring them exactly to the 90-man roster limit, with Kaeding's retirement presumably freeing up one more roster spot.
The release of these three players shouldn't be very surprising. Hardman has spent time on and off the practice squad on a regular basis, while Rogers is a second-year undrafted free agent with no game experience who had almost no chance of making the roster after Johnthan Banks was drafted. Corvey Irvin got a few snaps last season, but the addition of Akeem Spence has likely made him redundant.
The Buccaneers are expected to bring a number of rookie free agents to camp on a tryout basis, but those won't count against the roster limit unless they are signed. Expect numerous roster moves over the weekend as the Bucs scratch off rookies who disappoint in their rookie minicamp.
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