Just days before his team was scheduled to fly to London for a Week 6 contest, one former first-round pick was released.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released safety Deone Bucannon before the team’s trip to London for their game against the Carolina Panthers.
Bucannon played mostly special teams for the Buccaneers this year after signing a one-year deal before the season kicked off.
Here’s the news from NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
Source: Former first-round DB Deone Bucannon is getting released by the #Bucs today. The team is set to leave for London, but he’ll become a free agent.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 9, 2019
Bucannon starred for Washington State in college. He was named to the All-American team in 2013 and launched himself into the discussion as the best safety in the 2014 draft.
The Arizona Cardinals selected Bucannon with the 27th pick in the draft and he made an immediate impact for the team. He racked up 406 tackles, seven sacks, seven forced fumbles and two interceptions in Arizona.
After four years with the Cardinals, Bucannon signed a one-year deal with the Buccaneers. However, just a few weeks into the 2019 season, he’s looking for a new team.
Tampa Bay will likely receive a compensatory pick in the 2020 draft as a result of the move.
The Buccaneers and Panthers face off on Sunday morning. Kick off is set for 9:30 a.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on NFL Network.