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Jeff Demps, Major Wright cut by Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are putting a bookend on the Jeff Demps Experiment.

The team waived the former U.S. Olympic track star on Saturday.

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Acquired last year in a trade that shipped LeGarrette Blount to the New England Patriots, Demps appeared in just two games before suffering a pulled groin in October.

Pure speed makes the 24-year-old Demps an intriguing waiver-wire offering, but the 5-foot-7 jitterbug is too small for a big backfield role. Tampa is primed to enter September with Doug Martin leading the way ahead of Bobby Rainey, Mike James and pending IR-recall candidateCharles Sims, who recently underwent ankle surgery.

Tampa Bay also parted ways with safety Major Wright, who started 31 games the past two seasons for the Chicago Bears.

The Bucs also released quarterback Mike Kafka. The former Eagles passer is a good bet to join Tampa's practice squad, but don't expect the same fate for Demps, whose status as the NFL's fastest man didn't translate into on-field production.

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