Bucs Release WR Daniels

After suffering two serious injuries in less than one year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released wide receiver Chris Daniels.

When Tampa Bay signed WR Chris Daniels as an undrafted free agent from Purdue on April 17, 2000, his chances of making the Bucs' final 53-man roster were slim. But after he broke his collarbone on August 17, he was placed on the injured reserve, which essentially gave him another year to make an impression on the team. As it turns out, this only delayed the inevitable.

The Buccaneers released Daniels on July 3 due to a serious neck injury he suffered during NFL Europe training camp, as first reported by BucMag.com two months ago. Daniels experienced some brief paralysis due to the injury, but no longer feels those effects. It is not clear whether he will continue to pursue a career in professional football.

Because Daniels was injured prior to the preseason last year, the Bucs had hoped to get some game film to evaluate when Daniels participated in overseas football with the Barcelona Dragons. Daniels had added some weight in an attempt to play H-back and long snapper as well as tight end this year. His release leaves the Bucs with 12 wide receivers on the current roster.

Tampa Bay allocated eight players to NFL Europe and will still have the right to eight exemptions if they sign another free agent from NFL Europe prior to training camp. The league's limit is 80 players for training camp, although the Bucs currently have enough exemptions to field an 87-man training camp roster. Tampa Bay currently has 86 players on its roster.

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