Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs cut Carpenter; Blount, Parker sign tenders
TAMPA - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released quarterback Rudy Carpenter Wednesday and announced that running back LeGarrette Blount and wide receiver Preston Parker have signed their exclusive-rights tender offers. Carpenter, 25, never threw a pass in three seasons with the Bucs while he sat behind Josh Freeman and Josh Johnson. Tampa Bay signed veteran quarterback Dan Orlovsky last month to back up Freeman. Blount has led the Buccaneers in rushing in each of the last two seasons. In 2010, Blount led all rookies with 1,007 rushing yards, averaging 5.0 yards per carry while becoming only the second undrafted rookie in NFL history to run for more than 1,000 yards in a single season.In 14 games last year, Blount ran for 781 yards and five touchdowns, adding 15 receptions for 148 yards. But he also fumbled five times in the Bucs' final eight games, losing three. New head coach Greg Schiano recently said Blount can be an effective back in Tampa Bay's offense if he improves his ball security. Parker originally joined the Buccaneers in 2010 as a free agent from North Alabama. As a rookie, he played nine games and recorded four catches for 42 yards. In 2011, Parker played in all 16 games, finishing fourth on the team with 40 receptions.
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