Jacquies Smith Released by Buccaneers After 4 Seasons

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 4, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 29: Jacquies Smith #56 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on against the Indianapolis Colts during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 29, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Bucs 25-12. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released defensive end Jacquies Smith on Wednesday, just days after he made his season debut against the New York Giants.

Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reported the news.

Smith, 27, missed all but one game of the 2016 season after suffering a torn ACL. He was on the field for seven snaps in Sunday's win over the New York Giants, his first on-field action in over a year.

A 2012 undrafted free agent, Smith bounced around from the Miami Dolphins to the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills before finally finding a hope in Tampa. He recorded 13.5 sacks in 27 games as part of the Bucs' defensive line rotation.

With the Bucs' pass rush struggling, it's a bit of an odd move to see them moving on from a guy who helped them in the past. Tampa ranks last in the NFL with one sack and has allowed opposing passers to have a 99.1 quarterback rating.

Odds are Smith will not have any issue finding work and could be a solid waiver-wire pickup for teams in need of edge rushing. 

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