Team Waives Four & Releases LB Jason WilliamsThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have been awarded five players via waivers: defensive end Kourtnei Brown, linebacker Jeremiah George, quarterback Ryan Griffin, linebacker James-Michael Johnson and center Eric Kush.
Brown (6-4, 253) originally entered the NFL as a college free agent with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012, spending the offseason and preseason with them, before being waived. Brown was most recently with the Houston Texans this past offseason and preseason, as well as spending time on the team’s practice squad last year. He has also spent time with the Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams.
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Brown played collegiately at Clemson, where he totaled 75 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, three passes defensed and two fumble recoveries over 49 games played.
George (5-11, 234) is a Clearwater, Florida native, who played collegiately at Iowa State. He originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick (154th overall) of the New York Jets in the 2014 NFL Draft. George spent the 2014 offseason and preseason with the Jets, before being placed on the team’s practice squad. He was signed from the Jets’ practice squad to the Jacksonville Jaguars active roster, appearing in six games with Jacksonville last season, totaling three tackles, one tackle for loss and three special teams tackles. George spent this offseason and preseason with the Jaguars.
Griffin (6-5, 210) joins Tampa Bay from the New Orleans Saints, where he signed as a college free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft. Since entering the league, Griffin has spent time on the Saints’ practice squad and active roster over the past two seasons, but has not appeared in a regular season game. Griffin was a four-year starter at Tulane, starting 39-of-42 games, completing 836-of-1,396 passes (59.9 pct.) for 9,026 yards with 79 touchdowns and 35 interceptions, finishing his career as the school’s all-time leader in attempts, completions and completion percentage.
Johnson (6-1, 240) enters his fourth season in the NFL, having played in 42 games, with 18 starts, recording 88 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one sack and 15 special teams tackles. Johnson, who played collegiately at Nevada, originally entered the league as a fourth-round selection (120th overall) of the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent the 2012 season with Cleveland, before being claimed off of waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013, where he played for the past two seasons.
Kush (6-4, 313) was a sixth-round pick (170th overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2013 NFL Draft. Kush, who played collegiately at California (Pa.), appeared in three games, with one start as a rookie and was on the team’s active roster last season, but did not appear in any games.
The team also announced that they have waived tight end Cameron Brate, guard Kadeem Edwards*, tackle Reid Fragel and wide receiver Rannell Hall, while releasing linebacker Jason Williams.
*Edwards waived (injured).
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