Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Chicago Bears cornerback D.J. Moore against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cardinals 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers release CB Moore

You can never have enough experienced cornerbacks, unless you’re in Tampa. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released cornerback DJ Moore, per Pro Football Talk. Moore was a former 4th round pick who played under Lovie Smith in Chicago. That apparently wasn’t enough to vault Moore high enough on the depth chart.

Moore was a fourth-rounder by the Bears under coach Lovie Smith’s watch, and that was thought to give him an edge with Smith’s new team. But they also added free agents Alterraun Verner and Mike Jenkins to go with last year’s second-rounder Johnthan Banks, and think Leonard Johnson can play there as well.

The move is a courtesy in some sense given that Moore could catch on with another team early in training camp and get enough reps to win a job. Given the number of cornerbacks most NFL teams roster, it’s not hard to believe Moore could catch on somewhere. In the meantime, the Buccaneers have plenty in their secondary with which to move forward.

The Buccaneers have high hopes for 2014 after a disastrous 2013 season that had high hopes of its own. The team had traded a first round pick for cornerback Darrelle Revis, only to let Revis walk after one season. They pursued a number of cornerbacks this offseason in response to the hole in their depth chart. In so doing, it appears their eyes were bigger than their stomachs. Now the team can offer more reps to the cornerbacks left on the roster when training camp opens later this week.

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