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March 22, 2012 @ 10:55 am
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Bucs Release Crowder and Reed, Clear $1.54 Million In Cap Space

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The roster shuffling continued at One Buc Place Thursday with the released of defensive linemen Tim Crowder and Nick Reed. The Buccaneers also officially announced the signing of free agent offensive lineman Jamon Meredith.
The Buccaneers roster continues to change on a near daily basis, with the team announcing today they have released defensive linemen Tim Crowder and Nick Reed. The move clears just over $1.5 million in cap space (Crowder $1 million, Reed $544,000).

In addition Tampa Bay officially announced the signing of free agent offensive lineman Jamon Meredith to a two-year deal. The Meredith signing was first reported by PewterReport.com last night.

Crowder has spent the past three seasons with the Buccaneers, playing in 41 games with 13 starts during that time. This past season, he played in 10 games and recorded 14 tackles with two tackles for loss.

Reed joined the team for the final three games in 2011 and recorded two tackles.

Meredith enters his fifth year in the NFL, having played in 17 games and starting four during his career.

Meredith played his college football at South Carolina after being recruited as a defensive end. Meredith made the switch to offensive line after being redshirted his freshman season.

Meredith was drafted in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers. In addition to his time with Green Bay, Meredith has had stints with the Bills, Lions, and Giants before joining the Steelers in September of 2011.

One of the main reasons why Meredith has been signed by the Buccaneers is likely due to new offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan having some familiarity with him from their time together in New York with the Giants in 2010. At 6-foot-5, 304 pounds, Meredith has the ability to play right tackle and the flexibility to play guard in the NFL.

As a journeyman, Meredith poses no real threat to take away Jeremy Trueblood’s starting job at right tackle. Instead, Meredith likely replaces free agent backup James Lee, who started nine games for Trueblood at right tackle in 2010. Lee was supposed to challenge Trueblood for the starting job in 2011, but played terribly in the preseason and was relegated to the bench. In his lone start in last year’s season finale at Atlanta, Lee gave up two sacks in the first half before being replaced by backup Demar Dotson in the second quarter.


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    Lee has been terrible. He needs to either tighten up or go!
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    I had predicted the fourth DE would be George, who is a good speed rusher but no force on runs. I took into account that he played college ball at Rutgers. Crowder looked better two years ago than he did this past year. He regressed and can only blame himself for being cut. I agree, I think this is creating more cap room to get a good free agent MLB. Hope it is Lofton. As for Reed, he showed nothing last year, and just wasn't worth the money. They could get still more cap room by trading Talib for a fourth round draft choice if they can find any takers. That woud also send the message that Schiano expects the Bucs to behave themselves on and off the field. The Bucs had way too many penalties under Raheem, and Schiano can make a marked improvement by making the Bucs more disciplined and professional. I have faith he can make that happen.
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    Iam glad that Tampa Bay is replacing players that no longer fit with tampa bay schemes.GO BUCS
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    is drew stanton worth a look?? low risk, high reward type of deal might be worth it for a good 3rd qb.. already has some experience, still very young... i think he's worth a look.
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    I agree with Dman that greg Johnson can fill in at Crowders spot for now.
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    Many here like Crowder, so did I, but the guy did not produce, he simply hustled. Need both. That said, this is strictly a cap space move. Seems to me they are gearing up to sign a MLB!!!
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    I liked Crowder as well, but agree, he never seemed to get over the top. I have watched G. Johnson the past two years and think he might be at the threshold. He looked fast but raw first year. Made plays and led the team in preseason sacks last year. Hope he gets a long look this year.
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    Makes me think the coaching staff is getting settled and beginning to watch film together. Always liked Crowder's effort and attitude--he just didn't have the speed or the moves. Rutgers grad George Johnson now gets the chance to live up to his PR reputation.
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