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March 14, 2012 @ 4:40 pm
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Bucs Release Faine To Clear Cap Room

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Reynolds
Scott Reynolds

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The Buccaneers have cleared nearly $6 million in salary cap space by releasing four-year starting center Jeff Faine. Jeremy Zuttah will likely take over at center for Tampa Bay.
Just a week after signing versatile offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah to a four-year deal worth up to $12.75 million with incentives, the Buccaneers have released starting center Jeff Faine in a move that will clear additional salary cap space. It is expected that Zuttah, who has played primarily left guard in Tampa Bay, but has started 13 games at center, will take over for Faine in the middle of the Bucs' offensive line.

Faine, who has a salary cap number near $8 million, was set to make $5.925 million in base salary in 2012 and was owed $7 million in 2013. The Buccaneers had a reported $42.7 million worth of salary cap space when free agency began Tuesday after the cap has been set for all NFL teams at $120.6 million. With close to $6 million coming off the books for 2012, the Bucs had the additional room to sign free agent guard Carl Nicks to a five-year, $47.5 million contract earlier today.

The Sanford, Fla. native, who will turn 31 on April 6, has had trouble staying healthy. The only season in which he started every game was his first in Tampa Bay in 2008. The following year, Faine started and played in only 12 games due to a triceps injury and Zuttah was forced to fill in. Then Faine injured his triceps and his quad muscles in 2010, a season in which he missed eight games as Zuttah took over at center once again. Last year, Faine missed one game due to another triceps injury and Zuttah was again called on to start. Over the past three seasons, Faine has missed 13 games due to injury.

The Buccaneers also have Ted Larsen, who is capable of playing both center and left guard, on the roster to either compete with Zuttah to be the team's snapper, at at the very least provide depth at both the guard and center position.

Faine, who has served as the Bucs team captain on offense for several years, in addition to being Tampa Bay's player rep, has been the team's starting center for the last four years after being signed away from New Orleans by Tampa Bay in free agency.
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    I think we all saw that coming. With a bigger stronger C in Zuttah and the best LG in the Nfl Nicks our line is the best in the league. They were already a very good group with Joseph being a top 5 at his position and Penn a pro bowler. The offensive additions of Nicks and Jackson have me wanting to change my draft vote from Claiborne to Richardson because I keep imagining how explosive the offense could be with that monster O line, Jackson stretching the field and a 1, 2 punch of Richardson and Blount in the backfield.
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    winSLOW and black next, then we get te, lb, and a safety. maybe auction off pick 5 if blackmon or richardson are there and someone wants them bad enough
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    Trueblood only looked good at the start of last year when we were running a lot. He is a decent run blocker. However, he is not athletic enough to block the better defensive ends in pass coverage, and looked awful toward the end of the year, giving up way too many pass pressures. I believe with some more good coaching Demar Dotson should be able to beat him out this year. Dotson proved he can run block when he played some TE last year, and he has the athleticism to become the good pass blocker we need at that position. The Bucs have one other position still left to be filled in free agency and that is MLB, and that is a major need. If they can't afford Lofton, there are other capable MLBs out there and they need to grab one now, and I will be ecstatic over what they have accomplished in free agency. When you knock Black, just remember he got out there and tried his best with a bad ankle. You are going to have to watch him this year since he has guaranteed money; wait and see how he does with a healed ankle.
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    I don't beleive it was a cap move, however, it was a move partly to do with money. Faine was no longer worth the salary and Zuttah is a younger player capable of playing the position. The injuries have to be considered as well. In the end, the Bucs might be better at center without him and they save the money to boot.
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    On another topic, why is anyone complaining that we're cutting Faine to save cap room? Everyone applauded Allen for getting us out of the cleverly termed "Cap Hell" and now some people aren't satisfied unless we have no cap space. You know the Mayan calendar is ending this year, not the world. There will be a season next year and we have to be able to sign our own players and new ones. If the Mayan's hadn't been done away with I'm sure they just would have come up with a new calendar that wasn't based on the sun, earth's pole locations or whatever is going to change this year that will screw up their original calendar.
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    The only year I remember Faine making a play was 2008. W. Dunn was running through holes up the middle the first half of the year and I remember marveling at how Garcia and even Griese could step up in the pocket early in the year. Since the second half of 2008 and beyond I never remember him making a difference. His abilty to call protections which was part of the reason he was signed was of no value after Olsen took over in 2009. I don't think he was a great leader either, so I think this is addition by subtraction.
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    They need at least two starting Linebackers and back ups. I hope they are not done yet. The Defense is the biggest problem. We need lots of players.
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    I like this move.Though he may be the nice guy,football is a business and he just couldnt keep healthy.Hope we could do the same with Winslow~his days in Tampa SHOULD be numbered..I wonder what he will do (or not do) when he is no longer the go to guy in this offense..He already plays sloppy and takes plays off~this can only get worse if he isnt getting the attention he feels he deserves.. Nicks upgrades our running and passing game and VJ is a deep threat making KWJ yesterdays option...
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    Faine is a quality person but he's a pumped up 240 pounder who got rolled and pushed back far too easily. I too like to keep all the players we can and have them compete but with the Zuttah and Nicks signing this was inevitable. I'm sure someone on this board will contend this was a transaction designed for the "cheap" Glazers to penny pinch.
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    Faine has sucked for two years! Cut Black and Winslow. use the extra cap to sign Lofton or Tullock. Grab a TE.
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    at 9 million a year I think we should stay away from lofton right now
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    How right you are, should have signed Bennets brother 2 million and change to the Giants ( the kid can play and block a little) . The problem with Black other than he was part of the worst linebacking core ever to play a season in the NFL ( and that ain't a lie) is that he has elleven million garanteed, that i am assuming will be paid year One and Two. i would still cut him he isthe worst fa signing by the Bucs EVER!! Makes Hurt Emanuael and Harper look Good
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    A real classy guy that just couldn't stay on the field. If he stays in football, I wish him well. If he decides to retire, he's a smart businessman, I'm sure he'll do well there too!
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    So how much cap room do they have left? I don't get why your release Faine unless it is to sign another player using that cap space. If they are still under the cap, why not let him and Zuttah compete for the starting center position? I hate how this team just hands starting jobs to players. I like Zuttah, but what if he regresses this year or is injured. Wouldn't it be good to have Faine on the roster?
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    The draft?? We are pretty tapped out after those three contracts...
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    Trueblood had his best year last year i think he will be jus fine.
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    Thanks for the years, Faine. Good luck with the rest of your career. Go 'Bucs !!!
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    QUESTION FOR PR: Does this move give us a better chance to sign Lofton? Is the team still interested? If not are they intrested in other LBs?
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    Faine was a man among several boys on this team. Unfortunately, his leadership (or curious lack of) didn't translate into success last year. Still, appreciated the years and wish him well. Go Bucs!
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    Is Quincy Black and Trueblood next? One can hope.
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    Truebllod had his best year last year he will be ok
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