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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Buccaneers Release Four Players to Create $2 Million in Salary Cap Space

By on 2/12/2014 07:00:00 AM

Far from life-changing news, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released four players from their roster and have signed backup quarterback Mike Kafka in the process. The Bucs waived the following players in a move that created over $2 M in cap space:

  1. Gabe Carimi, Offensive Tackle
  2. Michael Hill, Running Back
  3. Derek Landri, Defensive Tackle
  4. Jordan Rodgers, Quarterback

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The most notable figure of the bunch is 2011 first-round draft pick Gabe Carimi. Since being drafted by the Bears, Carimi has looked slow-footed and incapable of providing insurance for the quarterback as a blindside protector. With Carimi set to hit waivers, one has to believe the Bears made the proper decision to trade him to the Bucs for a sixth-round pick.

The remaining names mean little to the grand scheme of things for NFL rosters, with running back Michael Hill being the only player of the bunch to produce statistics last season. Hill finished with 9 carries for 23-yards last season, but was cited for resisting arrest in Missouri and failed to find the field after the incident unraveled.

It is worth noting that Jordan Rodgers is the younger brother of Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Is a reunion in the cards at Lambeau this upcoming season?

Kafka is perceived as a "camp arm," and will not challenge incumbent starter Mike Glennon for playing time next year. No disrespect to Kafka, but after only 16 pass attempts (two interceptions) during his four year career, this signing should be viewed as only a contingency plan should Glennon  - and whichever quarterback the Bucs draft this May - falter.

The Buccaneers newly appointed head coach - Lovie Smith - wanted to scrap the non-functioning parts of his team, keeping only players that fit within his vision. Smith is renowned for being a players coach, but is received that way due to his ability to handpick players that are willing to be coached up in order to obtain NFL success.

With the Bucs shedding over $2 million in cap space with these moves, they have continued to build on the idea that they will be players in free agency once it begins on March 11th. The Bucs could save millions if they can find a way to eliminate and effectively replace the financially-heavy contracts of Darrelle Revis, Carl Nicks, and Davin Joseph.

Touch decisions await the Bucs' organization in the next month, with Sports Injury Alert here to keep you updated along the way.


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