The Bucs signed cornerback Dwayne Stukes, who spent the past two seasons in NFL Europe, to a one-year contract on Friday afternoon. In order to make room for Stukes on its roster, the Pewter Pirates released CB Anthony Midget, who had spent one week in 2001 and the majority of 2000 on the Buccaneers' practice squad.
The Bucs may use up to 10 exemptions to the 80-man training camp roster limit that were earned by Tampa Bay-allocated players in the league this spring.
Stukes, 25, was originally allocated to NFL Europe's Berlin Thunder by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2001. He helped the Thunder win consecutive World Bowls as a corner/safety. Last spring, Stukes led Berlin's defense with 58 tackles. He also recorded one sack, defensed six passes and forced two fumbles.
Stukes entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie out of Virginia. He originally signed with Atlanta in 2002, but was released during the Falcons' training camp.
In other news, the Buccaneers placed both tight end Damian Vaughn and defensive tackle Mike Mackenzie on the injured reserve list. Vaughn was placed on the IR as a result of an injury he suffered in NFL Europe this past spring. Mackenzie suffered an injury during offseason workouts with the Bucs. The Buccaneers placed quarterback Joe Hamilton and linebacker Eugene McCaslin on the IR earlier this offseason due to injuries both players suffered during their 2002 NFL Europe campaigns.
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