Bucs Make Several Roster Moves

September 24 – As expected, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed guard Russ Hochstein to its 53-man roster on Tuesday afternoon. In order to make room for Hochstein on its 53-man roster, the team released tight end Marco Battaglia. In addition to those two roster moves, the Bucs also traded safety David Gibson to the Colts for an undisclosed draft pick.

The Buccaneers made several roster moves on Tuesday after the team learned earlier in the day that offensive linemen Kerry Jenkins (cracked fibula) and Kenyatta Walker (sprained ankle) would miss at least one month with injuries.

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.

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