Eugene Wilson released, OT added

Published: August 31st, 2008
By Bucs Beat

UPDATE, 6:17 p.m.: The release of Eugene Wilson apparently was to make room for a more pressing need: an offensive lineman. The Bucs claimed offensive lineman James Lee off waivers, adding the rookie free agent from South Carolina State to augment a thin offensive line. Lee, who was waived Saturday by the Browns, is said to be capable of playing guard but is being viewed as a tackle by the Bucs.

At this time, it appears free agent tackle Fred Miller, who was offered a contract by the Bucs last week, is having second thoughts about playing this season and doesn't appear likely to land in Tampa.

Also, the Bucs have signed running back Clifton Smith to their practice squad. There will be more practice squad signings to come over the next day or so.

5:26 p.m.: The Bucs have released cornerback Eugene Wilson.

Wilson was one of nine defensive backs who remained on the final roster Saturday, but the Bucs likely need a roster spot to address another unit -- perhaps the offensive line. Wilson was a member of this year's free agent class, joining the Bucs after parting ways with the Patriots.

The signing was celebrated as a savvy move that gave the Bucs a versatile player who can play cornerback and safety. But Wilson's shortcomings became obvious in the preseason, particularly in terms of missed tackles.

In an unrelated story, the Patriots have released former Bucs safety John Lynch, who joined New England after recently gaining his release from Denver.

Stay tuned for more details as there could be more news to come on this busy weekend in the NFL.