The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have cut their ties to veteran DT Ryan Sims. The defensive lineman, who was waived on Tuesday, is eligible to be claimed by 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday. To replace him on the 53-man roster, the team signed DT Frank Okam off the practice squad.
Any team that decides they want to put a claim in for Sims would be responsible for the prorated portion of his $1.375 million contract for 2010, which comes to roughly $485,000.
The defensive lineman appeared in 46 games during his stint and started 16 in his stint with the team which began back in the 2007 season.
Sims was originally selected in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Okam originally joined the league as a fifth-round pick (151st overall) of the Houston Texans in the 2008 NFL Draft. He went on to play in 13 games for the Texans before being waived on Oct. 25. Okam signed with Seattle on Nov. 2, but was released before playing in any games.
The team also signed CB D.J. Johnson to the practice squad. Johnson originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos in 2009, spending a portion of the season on the Broncos practice squad before being signed to the New York Giants active roster. He appeared in seven games with the Giants this season before being released on Nov. 22.
-- Adam Caplan