Bucs waive ex-Navy DB given particular exemption

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived three gamers Sunday following their preseason-opening loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, together with former Navy cornerback Cameron Kinley, who was given a particular exemption by Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin to delay his service to the Navy so he may attend Buccaneers coaching camp.

The exemption was a reversal from when performing Secretary of the Navy Thomas W. Harker declined to ahead Kinley’s request to the Secretary of Protection after Kinley had already attended rookie camp with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio caught wind of Kinley’s plight and wrote a letter on his behalf to President Joe Biden requesting Kinley obtain an exemption that might permit him to postpone his Navy service and play within the NFL. Kinley additionally acquired assist from former Navy graduates who performed within the NFL, reminiscent of Keenan Reynolds.

Coach Bruce Arians referred to as Kinley, who was president of his class at Navy and received to fulfill Vice President Kamala Harris at his commencement from the Naval Academy, a “nice younger man.”

Kinley informed ESPN he does intend to proceed taking part in.

“I am undoubtedly grateful I had a chance to be part of the group,” Kinley informed ESPN. “I used to be capable of be taught quite a bit on and off the sphere from the gamers, coaches and assist employees. I want the Buccaneers the very best this season and I sit up for what God has subsequent for me.”

Kinley completed Saturday’s sport third on the workforce with six tackles (5 solo). He confronted robust odds to make the Bucs’ roster, which returns all starters and key depth items from their Tremendous Bowl LV win.

As a result of Kinley has lower than 4 years of service time within the NFL, he’s topic to waivers. If he goes unclaimed, he’ll then turn into a free agent and may signal with any workforce.

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