Wednesday Bucs Update

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have released FB Cecil Martin and K Carlos Martinez. They also have re-signed CB Corey Ivy and signed DT Darrell Russell.

Martin has played five seasons in the NFL as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2002) and Buccaneers (2003). He played in one game with Tampa Bay in 2003.

Martinez signed with the Buccaneers on January 14, 2004. He originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Eagles in 2003. Originally a second round pick (37th overall) by the Buccaneers in 2000, Coleman has played in 55 career games with 47 starts, as well as four postseason starts, in his four NFL seasons.

Ivy has played in 33 games with two starts in his career. He has led the Buccaneers in special teams tackles the last two seasons and was named Tampa Bay's Special Teams MVP following the 2002 season. Ivy also was instrumental in helping P Tom Tupa down 56 punts inside the 20-yard line over the last two seasons. In 2003, Ivy played in all 16 games with two starts. He totaled 17 tackles and two passes defensed. He also led the team with 16 special teams tackles.

Russell, a two-time Pro Bowl selection (1998-1999), originally entered the league as the second overall pick of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He has played in 72 games with 58 starts and totaled 227 tackles, 28.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception as a member of the Raiders (1997-2001) and Washington Redskins (2003). In 1998, Russell was voted a starter in the Pro Bowl after compiling a personal-best 10 sacks, tops among all AFC defensive tackles. In 1999, he earned his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl after totaling 9.5 sacks and 45 tackles. Russell was also named an All-Pro in both 1998 and 1999. Russell will be reunited with Buccaneers assistant head coach/defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, who held the position of defensive line coach during Russell's sophomore season at USC in 1995. He also re-joins head coach Jon Gruden, who served as head coach of the Raiders from 1998-2001.

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