The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have waived former second-round pick M.J. Stewart. In his two-years in Tampa, Stewart only played 21 games, starting in six of those. Jenna Laine of ESPN had the news first.
Source tells me that the Bucs are cutting cornerback M.J. Stewart. He was a second-round draft pick by the Bucs in 2018.
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) August 6, 2020
The reason given for his departure is unknown, however, it is clear that Stewart wasn’t as productive as some would like him to be. Stewart was a healthy scratch for a good part of 2019, plus he suffered a knee injury in week 13 that limited his field time. The Bucs are lacking depth at this position now, but with so many young guys who haven’t had their shot will have more eyes on them during this training camp.
One more cut today for Bucs, as they waived running back Aca’Cedric Ware, who was on the practice squad last year. Long odds got tougher with the signing of LeSean McCoy.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 6, 2020
Along with Stewart, Greg Auman of the Athletic reports that Tampa Bay is waiving running back Aca’Cedric Ware. Ware spent 2019 on the Buccaneers’ practice quad.