Pewter Report and PewterReport.com were among the first to report the possibility of Wunsch's release a few weeks ago. There were a series of events that suggested Wunsch wouldn't remain in Tampa Bay much longer. He lost his starting job to second-year tackle Kenyatta Walker, who is much more athletic and a much better pass protector, in the beginning of training camp. He had an inconsistent training camp and poor performances in the Bucs' first two preseason games against Miami and Jacksonville. Tampa Bay traded a seventh-round pick for tackle/guard Cornell Green last week, which also indicated Wunsch probably wasn't going to stick around.
Wunsch dressed, but didn't play against Washington on Saturday night, which made it quite clear that his days as a Buccaneer were numbered. The fact that Wunsch had a salary cap value of $1.79 million certainly didn't help his cause, either.
Tampa Bay released the following 13 players on Sunday:
CB Markese Fitzgerald
WR E.G. Green
WR Darryl Daniel
G Shane Grice
T Brian Gruber
WR Eddie Hardaway
LB Chris Jones
P David Leaverton
RB Dicenzo Miller
TE Mike Roberg
S Glenn Sumter
LB Jamal White
RT Jerry Wunsch
Tampa Bay must release two more players by 4 p.m. Tuesday in order to get its roster down to the NFL-mandated limit of 65. But the Bucs are allowed to keep as many as 72 players since they have seven NFL Europe exemptions.
The seven exempted players are cornerback Corey Ivy, wide receiver Jermale Kelly, linebacker Tony Ortiz, defensive end Cedric Pittman, safety Dwayne Stukes and DE Ron Warner. Tampa Bay earned an extra exemption tag during the offseason, which they placed on rookie running back Travis Stephens, who was the team's fourth-round draft selection in April.
The Bucs will play its final preseason game at Houston on Friday night. Tampa Bay will have to trim its roster to a maximum of 53 players by Sunday, September 1.
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