Bucs sign veteran corner Brandon McDonald

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The Buccaneers added a little experienced depth at cornerback on Monday.

The team announced that they have signed cornerback Brandon McDonald. McDonald was a fifth-round pick in Cleveland in 2007 and played 48 games for them over three seasons. He spent two years as a starter, including 2008 when he intercepted five passes while starting 15 times. McDonald was released at the end of camp in 2010 and wound up splitting the year between the Cardinals and Lions. He played 13 games for the Lions last season before becoming a free agent.

McDonald joins Eric Wright as new Bucs who were members of that Lions secondary, which could be a somewhat dubious plan given how well Detroit defended the pass last season. Tampa was short on experienced backups at corner, though, and it would seem they want to see if adding a veteran option makes them feel better about the state of the depth chart after a shaky defensive performance against the Titans.

Cornerback Desmond Marrow was waived to make room for McDonald on the 90-man roster.