Bucs Release LS Unutoa, Sign LS Benjamin

October 14 - Just hours after discussing his displeasure with the play of long snapper Morris Unutoa with the media, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden did something about it. The Bucs signed long snapper Ryan Benjamin to its 53-man roster on Monday afternoon. In order to make room for the former University of South Florida Bull, the Buccaneers released Unutoa.

Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden was obviously displeased with the play of long snapper Morris Unutoa at his press conference on Monday morning and by Monday afternoon, the team did something about it. Tampa Bay released Unutoa and signed LS Ryan Benjamin to a one-year contract on Monday afternoon.

The Bucs signed Unutoa to a one-year contract two weeks ago after LS Mike Solwold was placed on the injured reserve with a severely sprained foot, but he struggled in the two games he played in.

Tampa Bay's field goal unit had a horrible outing against Cleveland on Sunday. After making his first field goal attempt of 33 yards, Bucs kicker Martin Gramatica had his next attempt blocked when Cleveland CB Anthony Henry shot around tight end Rickey Dudley to get the block. Gramatica drew a penalty by kicking the ball to avoid Cleveland recovering the ball and scoring. Then, Gramatica missed his next field goal attempt due to a high snap by Unutoa and then didn't get a chance to kick on his final attempt as holder Tom Tupa was tackled after another bad snap by Unutoa.

Benjamin originally entered the National Football League as an undrafted free agent with the Buccaneers on April 23, 2001. His stint with the Bucs was short-lived, though. He was released on June 7. After he was released by Tampa Bay, the former University of South Florida Bull spent time with the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots.

Benjamin, who prepped at River Ridge High School in Newport Richey, was a four-year letterman at the USF. He is the first South Florida Bull to play with the Buccaneers.


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