The Buccaneers announced five roster moves on Monday, including the waiving and release of four players, including offensive tackle Gabe Carimi and defensive tackle Derek Landri, that will account for a $3.06 salary cap savings in base salary alone. Carimi was also due a $500,000 roster bonus in a few weeks.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' new front office and coaching staff began their player evaluations as soon as head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht were hired in January, and it is clear that at least some of those evaluations have been completed. On Monday, Tampa Bay announced the waiving of offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, running back Michael Hill and quarterback Jordan Rodgers, along with the release of reserve defensive tackle Derek Landri.
The release of those four players frees up $3.06 million in base salaries. Landri was in the last year of his contract and was scheduled to make $1.5 million in 2014. Carimi was also in the final year of his rookie contract and was scheduled to earn $645,000. In the offseason, only the top 51 salaries count towards a team's salary cap, so the release of Hill and Rodgers, who were making the league minimum, likely won't have any impact on Tampa Bay's salary cap in 2014.
The Buccaneers traded a sixth round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft for Carimi, a former 2010 first-round pick of the Bears, last spring. Carimi, who played for Smith with the Bears, played in 14 games for the Buccaneers this season, starting three contests at left guard for an injured Carl Nicks. Carimi was due a $500,000 roster bonus in the coming weeks, and the Bucs avoided having to pay that with his release.
Rodgers was never activated by the Buccaneers to the active roster after being signed to the practice squad on October 7, not long after the release of Josh Freeman. Some felt Rodgers might have a chance to stick at least through training camp as his brother, Packers starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, was coached by new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford at Cal. Instead, the Buccaneers signed free agent quarterback Mike
Kafka on Monday.
With the release of Rodgers, the only two rostered quarterbacks
are incumbent starter Mike Glennon and Kafka. Dan Orlovsky, the Bucs' backup quarterback over the past two years, is an unrestricted free agent in 2014.
Hill was signed as an insurance policy late in the season after the Buccaneers saw starting running back Doug Martin and backups Mike James and Jeff Demps lost to injured reserve last year. Hill ran nine times for 23 yards in six games after joining the team during the season, but was arrested in January for failure to obey a lawful order in Missouri.
Landri, a former Eagle, was signed last spring to a two-year, $3,5 million deal but rarely saw the field in 2013, registering just nine tackles in nine games as a reserve on the defensive line. – Scott Reynolds contributed to this report.
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