There were a bunch of surprising moves made during the final hours of roster cuts and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ decision to waive wide receiver Tyler Johnson was certainly one of them.
It’s fair to assume the Buccaneers attempted to trade Johnson and didn’t receive any interest. If that was the case, letting him hit the waiver wire made sense.
At the same time, however, it was a gamble. The Buccaneers could have been asking too much or teams could have just bluffed and said they weren’t interested; creating their own gamble by thinking Johnson would not be traded and end up on the wire for their taking, instead.
Regardless, the gamble didn’t pay off. Per Pro Football Network‘s Aaron Wilson, the Houston Texans were awarded Johnson on Wednesday.
Texans awarded wide receiver Tyler Johnson off waivers from Buccaneers, per a league source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 31, 2022
It’s rather telling how quickly Johnson was claimed, as the Texans owned the third overall spot. It’s safe to assume another team would’ve grabbed him even if Houston didn’t.
It was a risky move, but a smart one. If Johnson made it through waivers, the Buccaneers would’ve had a very reliable practice squad receiver they could have called up on game day if/when needed.
Still, the Buccaneers were able to sneak promising UDFA receivers Deven Thompkins and Kaylon Geiger through waivers, so not all was lost on Wednesday.
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