NFL cornerback Cameron Kinley — who fought to delay his U.S. military service to play in the league — was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced.
The former Navy standout signed with the Bucs as an undrafted free agent shortly after graduating the Naval Academy … but because of his commitment to serve as an officer, the Navy refused to delay his service.
The 22-year-old fought hard to get the decision reversed … even asking President Joe Biden for help when we spoke to him in June … saying, “I’m just asking that you consider helping me with this situation I am currently in.”
The Secretary of Defense finally gave Kinley the delay on July 6 which was right in time for Bucs’ training camp — and he got to see the field in the preseason opener this past weekend, banking in 6 tackles.
But, on Sunday, the Bucs announced they waived three players — including Kinley.
“I’m definitely grateful I had an opportunity to be a part of the organization,” Kinley told ESPN after the cut.
“I was able to learn a lot on and off the field from the players, coaches and support staff. I wish the Buccaneers the best this season and I look forward to what God has next for me.”
Kinley is subject to waivers and if he’s unclaimed, he can sign with another team as a free agent.
If he isn’t picked up by a team, Kinley would likely commence his service as an officer in the Navy.