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Bucs Cut 26, Place Economos On PUP & Sign Diles

by Roland Johnson on September 4, 2011

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made the following moves to get in compliance with the NFL mandatory 53-man roster limits set by the league. On Saturday afternoon the team cut their rosters down by releasing the following players and placing LS Andrew Economos on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

There were not many surprises, except for the release of MLB Tyrone McKenzie. McKenzie whom was instrumental in helping gather the team during the lockout- for player’s only workouts, was believed to be the front runner to replace ex-Buc Barrett Ruud.  But eventually voiced his displeasure with what he perceived as a lack of true competition with rookie Mason Foster for the right to replace Ruud.

RB Armando Allen
RC Matt Allen
T Will Barker
S Ahmad Black
T Cory Brandon
QB Rudy Carptenter
G Thomas Claiborne
QB Jonathan Crompton
G Marc Dile
WR Ed Gant
TE Daniel Hardy
S Dominique Harris
LB Brandon Heath
LB Simoni Lawrence
RB Mossis Madu
DE Alex Magee
LB Tyrone McKenzie
DE Kyle Moore
TE Nathan Overbay
WR Maurice Price
TE Ryan Purvis
LB/FB Nick Reveiz
K Jacob Rogers
LB Derrell Smith
DT Al Woods
DT John McCargo

Placed on physically unable to perform list:
LS Andrew Economos

Bucs add veteran depth at LB

In Other News
With the team thin at linebacker with only five listed on the 53-man roster the team signed LB Zac Diles according to his agent via twitter on Sunday. The 26-year-old 6-foot-2, 245-pound free agent, and former starter, for the Houston Texans was released by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday. Diles who played for head coach and defensive coordinator Raheem Morris while Morris was defensive coordinator for Kansas State in 2006, was a logical choice to add depth with his familiarity with the Bucs defensive scheme.

It’s unclear, who the team released to make room for Diles, but with the team keeping 12 defensive backs, odds are one of the 12 were released to make room for Diles.

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