The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a busy day on Monday, as new general manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith have already begun to trim down the roster and remove players they don’t see as a part of the team’s future.
Scott Smith of the Buccaneers’ official website announced the news today on Twitter.
Bucs have made official the signing of QB Mike Kafka. The team also released Gabe Carimi, Derek Landri, Jordan Rodgers and Michael Hill.
— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) February 10, 2014
Gabe Carimi’s release comes as the biggest surprise, as the former first-round pick was a versatile backup for the Buccaneers last season and provided a cheap, somewhat reliable option to swing across multiple positions next season.
He was acquired from the Chicago Bears, where Lovie Smith was formerly the head coach, for a sixth-round pick. That sixth-round pick now seems quite valuable for a player who didn’t even last a full calendar year with the team.
Derek Landri is the other surprising release, as the veteran defensive tackle was a worthy backup for Gerald McCoy and Akeem Spence last year. He and Gary Gibson were a solid duo as reserves at the position, and now neither are under contract with the team.
It’s no surprise that Michael Hill was let go, as an offseason arrest compounded with his status as the last running back on a very deep RB depth chart meant he was never going to make the roster.
And Jordan Rodgers, brother of Aaron Rodgers and practice squad member last season, didn’t get the “I know Jeff Tedford because of my brother” treatment, and was replaced with the signing of Mike Kafka.
These moves will combine to knock a couple of million dollars off of the Buccaneers’ cap figure, with Landri representing the biggest cap number of the bunch.