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February 10, 2014 @ 5:05 pm
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Bucs Cut Carimi, Landri, Rodgers, Hill To Free Up $3.06 Million

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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.
Last modified on Monday, 10 February 2014 18:18
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    My ideal scenario before the draft would be: 1st - Trade a 1st round pick for Greg Hardy preferably in 2015 2nd - Gage Michael Bennent's interest if affordable 3rd - If Bennent is signed cut Bowers immediately 4th- Add Asante Samuel and make him the 3rd CB for slot receivers 5th - Sign Jared Allen to FA deal 6th - sign Michael Vick to COMPETE 7th - Trade down in the 1st with AZ and include Darly Washington in the deal and move Mason Foster to the outside and let Daryl control the middle Focus 2014 draft on Slot Receivers, O-Linemen, TEs, CBs, and a late round QB
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    I think it was a good move
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    I have no problem with the whole Carimi episode...I would happily trade my 6th round pick every year for a shot at a guy 2 years out of college who won the Outland (and had no character issues, but was potentially underperforming due to the need to rehab an injury)...that seems a sensible price to play that lottery and I would pay it all day long...and when he didn't work out, I'm happy to cut him too....no issues at all with the whole thing.
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    And so it begins. I understand why there is a $$ figure attached to these moves, but I don't believe these are $$ moves. They're more along the lines of freeing up lockers. I was not of the mind Dom needed to go. But, now that he's gone I'm looking forward to seeing this team transform. For better or worse.
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    Is anyone really surprised Carmi, who Lovie got rid of in Chicago, is first to go here?
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    ran into Nicks the other day - he's not close to being 100% - wonder if the Bucs will cut salary on him as well.
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    Nicks' salary is guaranteed for next year so they won't cut him. I have mixed feelings about Dom, and I'm not completely sold on Licht. I think Licht has 2 years to improve this team significantly or he's gone. Lovie has longer. Can't believe we are still talking about the previous GM and HC. Need to move on. Heal.
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    I guess we will be drafting a DT, OL, RB, and QB. That may have been a given.
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    I am a little surprised with the Carimi cut. We have to be considering some OL help from free agency, the draft, and maybe a player for player trade?
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    owlykat....How can you say on one thread that Dominik did a good job with finding players and then say Schiano made bad moves. The moves that were made when Schiano was here Dominik was the GM. We need to give the NEW GM a chance before we run him out of town. Dominik and Schiano made quite a few bad moves that are to numerous to list that's why they are no longer here. I'm willing to give the new GM three years to see what he has in mind. Dominik had five years and NO playoffs which was plenty of time to build a team.
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    So the previous regime gave up a draft pick for Carimi and he's released in the offseason. I'm not disagreeing with the move, just a little irked at the previous regime in thinking so highly of a player to give up a draft pick and he's deemed not good enough to be released. Brilliant move, Dominik. Thanks.
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    Nothing to see here please move on!
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    Carimi was just one of many stupid moves by Schiano and was a complete waste of a 6th round pick, and worse, he preoccupied Bostad trying to fix him and helped lead to the underachieving of the whole OL. I am glad to see him go. Hill was just a filler and showed nothing. But Landri was a very capable backup DT who was very strong and showed a lot of promise and energy when he would get a chance to play. I think cutting him was a bad mistake. We will see what they come up with to replace him. The third string QB was likely hired by Schiano based on who his brother is, so that is no loss. If they wanted a veteran QB who could compete with Glennon they should have have given Orlovsky a contract and a fair competition with Glennon. I am not encouraged that Kafka is any more than a cheap hire who won't give Glennon any real competition. They better get a first or second round QB who can compete with Glennon or they are just handing him the job just like Stupid Schiano did. That would be another catastrophe just waiting to happen.
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    Well it looks like the front office is alive and well starting early on rebuilding this team. I like the way they are moving forward and not wasting time. There is a lot more dead wood on this team that is overpaid. Pick the low hanging fruit first and get the tough ones later.
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