Tampa Bay signed second-year guard Russ Hochstein to a one-year contract on Tuesday afternoon. He was inactive for all 16 games last season, but played in one game this season before being released.
Tampa Bay released Hochstein after they signed tight end Rickey Dudley to a one-year contract last week. The Bucs drafted Hochstein in the fifth-round of the 2001 NFL Draft out of Nebraska.
In order to make room for Hochstein on its 53-man roster, the Bucs released tight end Marco Battaglia, who they had signed to a three-year contract during the offseason. Battaglia didn't see much playing time in Tampa Bay's first two regular season games this season and was inactive for the Bucs-Rams game on Monday night.
In addition to those two roster moves, Tampa Bay traded third-year safety David Gibson to the Indianapolis Colts for an undisclosed draft pick, which reunites him with former Bucs head coach Tony Dungy. Tampa Bay drafted Gibson in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He didn't see much playing time at the safety position, but he did make an impact on special teams, where he recorded 22 tackles during his three-year tenure in Tampa.
With one spot still open on Tampa Bay's 53-man roster, the Bucs likely will make at least one more roster move before they play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Want to sound off on this topic? You can talk about it now with dozens of other Buc fans on the PewterReport.com Red Message Boards and/or you can talk about it with fans and the PewterReport.com insiders in the PewterReport.com Chat Room on Wednesday nights from 9-10 PM.
All PewterReport.com photos are courtesy of Pewter Report director of photography Cliff Welch unless otherwise noted.
Become an insider today with a subscription to Pewter Report or by becoming a Club Insider. You can also become a subscriber to Pewter Report by calling 1-800-881-BUCS(2827).
Looking for the largest selection of Bucs merchandise on the internet? Check out BucGear.com.