One of last season’s free agent acquisitions is no longer a Buccaneer.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Bucs have released defensive tackle Mitch Unrein who recently failed a physical.

Unrein was hurt during the first week of training camp, suffering a concussion, and was never able to return to the field.


Unrein was originally signed by Denver as an undrafted free agent before spending four seasons with the Broncos. In 2015 Unrein signed with the Chargers before being cut after two games and spending the remainder of the season, and the next two years, with the Chicago Bears.

Prior to the 2018 season Tampa signed Unrein to a three-year, $10.5 million contract, however a concussion sustained during training camp would lead him to the injured reserve and he would never touch the field for the Bucs.

The release of Unrein frees $3.75 million in cap space with no dead cap.

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  1. what a waste this guy was.

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  2. And the rest of the cuts????

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  3. Such a weird stint. I have never heard of a player being out all year from a concussion on the first day of training camp. Mustve been really bad? Hope he’s okay for the long term.

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  4. That was obvious. Still need some more money for drafted players. Keep them coming!

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  5. Licht is pretty good at signing players like this. IE: J.R. Sweezy

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  6. Come on. There is literally no way to predict someone is gonna have a career ending concussion first week of camp.

    This sucks hardcore for Unrein, hope he is okay. Unfortunate for the Bucs it didnt pan out

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  7. Impossible to foresee the concussion, so hard to blame Licht for his injury (though many still will). Just hope he eventually gets healthy again, if for nothing more than to be able to live a normal life.

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  8. Ofcourse, It is awful that this has happened to him and I too wish him the best..but that still doesn’t change the fact that he was a wasted spot on the roster..

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  9. And OTC show’s we still take a $1M dead money cap hit, so we clear $2.75M instead it seems. Not sure that changes if he’s released with a failed physical designation.

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  10. Is Allen going to re-structure or walk? He’s next IMO

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  11. He had a history of concussions, don’t make excuses for Licht. He blew this signing like he’s blown so many before. Licht has been flush with salary cap, and because we’ve lost so much under his watch has had many high draft choices. What do we have to show for it? Back, to back 5-11 seasons, and chump change for upgrades. Hopefully B.A. can save Licht from himself, and hopefully save the day for us.

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  12. Goodbye Mitch. We hardly knew ya.

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  13. Hope he recovers and has no long term negative affects.
    1 Year on Concussion Protocol…. Can not be good.
    Just get better. Good Luck!

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  14. Taylor, can you please clarify what the heck this means as far as the cap goes? There are multiple sources in conflict with each other as to whether we recoup the full cap number of $3.75 million (Spotrac) or if we have to take a $1 million dead charge (Over the Cap).

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  15. When he was initially signed, my first reaction was, “Who?” Now that his departure is announced, I’m once again left with the same response, “Who?”In the end, while sitting in the infirmary, he didn’t have much less playing time than formed 2nd rounder, Noah Spence. Sad huh?

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