Bucs release Bolden

Published: April 30th, 2007
By Bucs Beat | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times and tbt*

The Bucs' draft has claimed its first casualties.

Cornerback Juran Bolden was released Monday as part of a five-player purge.

The Bucs also withdrew the qualifying offer from cornerback/safety Blue Adams and released safety Tra Boger, longsnapper Adam Johnson and defensive tackle Kenny Smith.

Bolden, 33, was the Bucs' primary nickelback the past two seasons, playing in all 32 games and producing 116 tackles, three interceptions, one sack and 22 passes defensed. He was a key replacement at left cornerback following the season-ending toe injury to starter Brian Kelly.

Adams saw little action at safety but was a big contributor on special teams, playing in 29 games and recording 32 coverage tackles and one forced fumble. Boger, Johnson and Smith were signed after the 2006 season ended.

General manager Bruce Allen made good on his promise to release at least a handful of players following the draft in which the Bucs selected at least one defensive player in every round, including two safeties and a cornerback.

In addition to the draft, Bolden became expendable when the Bucs' re-signed cornerback Phillip Buchanon as an unrestricted free agent and added 49ers free agent cornerback Sammy Davis.