Bucs unload DT John McCargo

Here’s a sign of just how far the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have come since January: They now are releasing the guys they grabbed off the streets to help them get through last season.

Adam Schefter reports the Bucs released defensive tackle John McCargo on Wednesday. The Bucs were so beat up at defensive tackle last season that they had to go out and sign McCargo and Albert Haynesworth, just to help them finish last season. The Bucs already parted ways with Haynesworth soon after new coach Greg Schiano took over. Now, McCargo, who appeared in four games and made five tackles, is gone.

That’s because Gerald McCoy and Brian Price are expected to be healthy after having their seasons cut short by injuries. The Bucs also added free-agent Amobi Okoye. They also have Roy Miller and Frank Okam and rookie Donte’e Nicholls also could compete for a job.