Bucs Bail On Ross Cockrell

August 16th, 2022


Joe realizes it can be a sentimental experience when the Bucs wave goodbye to a significant contributor to one of their Super Bowl teams.

That happened earlier today when veteran cornerback Ross Cockrell was cut, along with some no-name players, to get Tampa Bay to the 85-man roster limit.

Cockrell, 31, was signed by the Bucs in late September of 2020. By the time that magical season had finished, Cockrell had played in 12 regular season games, more than 235 snaps on defense. And he appeared in every postseason game.

Cockrell didn’t perform as well last season and he’s been rather invisible since 2022 training camp began.

Head coach Todd Bowles said today that the team cut Cockrell now to give him a better chance to catch on with a new club, versus waiting a couple more weeks. It’s how the classy teams usually treat veterans of Cockrell’s stature.

Joe wishes Cockrell well.

36 Responses to “Bucs Bail On Ross Cockrell”

  1. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    He was a good smart player for us. Seems he just wasn’t fast enough.

  2. Bee Says:

    He held WRs a lot. He was a walking penalty. But I wish him well!

  3. beano Says:

    “He won the 100 meters at the 2008 CISAA championships, with a career-best time of 10.88 seconds.”

  4. D-Rok Says:

    Are the names of the no-name players that were cut going to be published?

    Cockrell being cut tells us we should have a better secondary this year.

  5. Jeff Says:

    Nice story. Glad the depth is up on the team, and we can move to the next chapter.

  6. Bird Says:

    Classy move by Bucs to let out early . Good luck to yah

    Never got the cockrell love here. Some thinking he was the unsung hero of defensive secondary?

  7. Listnfrmafar Says:

    He sucked and continued to in Miami preseason game. Great move!

  8. Seattle Buc is back in TB Says:

    31 years old, had no idea. 5 teams in 7 seasons.

  9. Beeej Says:

    Hopefully he didn’t squander his money on cars and stuff

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    He’s got a ring!!!

  11. IrishTony Says:

    They have to be better this year no Pierre Desir!

  12. Defense Rules Says:

    TBBF … Exactly!

  13. Waterboy Says:

    I hate to hear that but can’t say I didn’t see it coming. He was a hardworking guy who maximized his ability. I’m happy he was able to get a ring.

  14. Pickgrin Says:

    When the 1st depth chart came out – and Cockrell was dead last on the list of Safeties – I had a feeling the writing was on the wall already for him….

    Good luck Ross!

  15. Marine Buc Says:

    I am taking this as a positive sign… The addition of Z.M., K. Neal and L. Ryan made R.C. expandable…

    I wish him luck. He may still end up on our PS at some point this season. Let’s hope we don’t have as many injured DBs as last season.

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  17. GOB Says:

    Always hate to see cuts. It’s the most dejected feeling I ever experienced. Hopefully he catches on somewhere. Always loved the scene from Major League, when Rick Vaughn tells his manager he’s going to catch on somewhere and stick it up his derriere. I knew my career was cooked on that day. Cockrell should be able to find a practice squad at least. Continue your dream Ross!!!

  18. dmatt Says:

    I like cb Don Gardner. He tackles well n plays aggressive. He has the height and really knows how to play the ball. That was an nfl all pro int he made after dragging his feet with good ball control as he fell outta bounds. Nice try but the refs said he was outta bounds.

  19. Power of Pewter Says:

    He had lost more than a step. A different defense might suit him better, where his experience would make up for speed. Best of luck to him, and appreciate his contributions to the Bucs.

  20. Rene Says:

    He was targeted everytime he came in. Total liability. Hopefully he lives to see another day on the field.

  21. Trask To The Future Says:


  22. HC Grover Says:

    Dont let the door hit u on the way out.

  23. Goatfarmer Says:

    Wishing the Cockster well. We’ve added some good depth to the DB room, and as dmatt observed, Gardner flashed with that diving near pick. The Cockster wouldn’t have gotten close. Good luck, Cockster.

  24. GOB Says:

    HC, that’s nice. You must’ve played in several pro bowls.
    Trask to the future, you must be one of these posters hoping this is Brady’s last year, so you can go back to the dark ages. Don’t worry, once again the bucs will take back their rightful position.

  25. steele Says:

    Finally, a smart move.

  26. Statguy Says:

    Didn’t realize he was 31. Makes sense now

  27. DrunkinYbor Says:

    He looked very very slow. He reminded me of watching one of those old school massive linebackers trying to go sideline to sideline. Good luck to him.

  28. lambeau Says:

    Zyon making the squad?

  29. Goatfarmer Says:

    Is it too much expect to see Logan Hall make a tackle or something?

  30. Lesko_Brandon Says:

    I wish him well in another team. Goodluck.

  31. JimmyJack Says:

    Cockrell took a step back last year but is still a solid player. Its a good sign when your team is letting dependable vets walk. Better depth in the secondary will be welcomed after last year.

    I will say McCollum looked pretty bad against Dolphins. Not just on the TD either. Hes got a lot of work to do.

  32. ATL Buc Says:

    His sister Anna was an Olympian in Tokyo

  33. ATL Buc Says:

    He was a familiar face but he got burned more than he made good plays. But I still think he woulda made a good backup

  34. adam from ny Says:

    he might wind up back in carolina


    Good luck Ross.

    You were part of a family of teammates that accomplished the ultimate. The pinnacle. And no one can ever take that away from you.

    There will be reunions… and celebrations…. it is forever, and you will always be a part of Tampa Bay.

  36. brooks Says:

    No speed seen him in camp???? Smart move hope all goes well.