The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a roster move on Wednesday, waiving pass rusher Jacquies Smith. He is not yet a vested veteran, which means he will go through the waivers process. NFL reporter Aaron Wilson thinks there will be some action for him on waivers.
Buccaneers have cut pass rusher Jacquies Smith. Expected to see action on waivers— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 4, 2017
The 49ers pass rush has been inconsistent at best from the edge. Smith was actually on the 49ers radar earlier this year. He was a restricted free agent coming off a 2016 season in which he tore his ACL in Week 1. The 49ers brought him in for a meeting, with general manager John Lynch later saying they were looking to see if he checked out medically. Smith played seven snaps in Week 4, which marked his first appearance in an NFL game since tearing his ACL.
The 49ers are 0-4 and tied with the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, and Los Angeles Chargers. The tiebreaker is strength of schedule, and I believe right now the Browns hold the edge with the weakest schedule, with the 49ers second.
The official transaction report did not include this move, so it would appear tomorrow afternoon. That means that technically the Bucs could hold off submitting the paperwork and see if they can swing a trade with somebody. They have until I believe 1:00 p.m. PT tomorrow to submit the paperwork. If they don’t get a trade done, they’ll waive him, and the 31 other teams will get the opportunity to place a claim.