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Buccaneers Reportedly Make 'Unexpected' Roster Cut This Tuesday

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trimming down their roster this Tuesday afternoon. However, the NFC South franchise is making an "unexpected" roster cut. According to a report, the Bucs are cutting veteran defensive back Ross Cockrell. 

It's an unexpected decision for a number of reasons. First off, Cockrell has played in 29 games over the last two season for the Buccaneers. He's totaled 54 tackles during that span. Second, he's 31 years old. Typically players of Cockrell's age aren't cut this early on in the year. 

A surprising move by the Buccaneers. Cockrell will likely find a new home ahead of the 2022 season. 

"Unexpected release: #Bucs cut CB/Safety Ross Cockrell, [per] @gregauman," said Dov Kleiman. "Played a ton of snaps for Tampa the past two years and is a solid all around defender."

Bucs insider Greg Auman has a bit more clarity on the team's surprising roster cut. He didn't expect Ross Cockrell to make the final roster. So Tampa Bay is essentially doing him a favor by cutting him this early in camp. 

"I didn’t have Cockrell making the Bucs’ 53, so team is doing him a favor by cutting him earlier. Good competition in camp for the ninth DB job, from both corners and safeties," said Auman. 

Cockrell should have no issue finding a new home ahead of the 2022 season. 

The Buccaneers, meanwhile, are moving ahead with young options at defensive back.