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Bucs clear some cap space, add a tackle

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The Buccaneers have been big spenders through free agency thus far and they now have a bit more money to burn.

They announced Wednesday that they’ve released defensive ends Tim Crowder and Nick Reed from the roster, creating some cap space to use in the pursuit of other free agents. The moves leave them with $1.54 million more in cap space, according to Pewter Report, and doesn’t do much to weaken the team.

Crowder started 13 games for the team across 2009 and 2010, but was strictly a backup in his 10 appearances with the team last year. He finished the year on injured reserve. Reed was only with the team for the final three games of the season after starting the year with the Bears. He made two tackles in his stint with Tampa.

With Adrian Clayborn, Da’Quan Bowers and Michael Bennett at end, the Buccaneers are set in the starting lineup. The should find a cheaper reserve option than Crowder, who was slated to make $1 million this season.

The Buccaneers also announced the signing of offensive tackle Jamon Meredith as a free agent. Meredith has bounced between five different teams since entering the league in 2009 and spent the 2011 season as a backup in Pittsburgh. He’ll likely play the same role in Tampa behind Jeremy Trueblood, assuming, of course, he makes the team out of training camp.

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13 Responses to “Bucs clear some cap space, add a tackle”
  1. buccaneer4ever says: Mar 22, 2012 12:41 PM

    CHAMPIONSHIP!

  2. coonsqualler says: Mar 22, 2012 12:48 PM

    5 Bucks says my Brownies pick one of these 2 up and call them a premier rushing end!!

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!!

  3. skippynj says: Mar 22, 2012 12:49 PM

    Thrilled that coach shanana has increased their “bounty” of players.

  4. turbodog1027 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:53 PM

    6 and 10 and still in last place in the NFC SOUTH

  5. sunking1 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:56 PM

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  6. cowboyhater says: Mar 22, 2012 1:04 PM

    Looks like this year’s Eagles. Good luck with that.

  7. zampft says: Mar 22, 2012 1:25 PM

    Great but still need that Middle Linebacker considering the Bucs stunk at run defense last year and have done nothing to improve it yet. Curtis Lofton would fit quite nicely.

  8. ronswansonsdinner says: Mar 22, 2012 1:29 PM

    Curtis Lofton, you’re next…hopefully

  9. noahbird says: Mar 22, 2012 1:35 PM

    Speaking of “Crowder,” where’s Channing Crowder?

  10. buchopeful says: Mar 22, 2012 1:39 PM

    Cowboys blow chunks ;) Crowder was a decent rotational guy.. Good luck Tim! maybe we can resign you!!! Cowboys still stink.. ;D

  11. lionsfan415 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:11 PM

    Who gives a buc

  12. jgedgar70 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:11 PM

    And the Bucs still have no answer for Cam Newton.

  13. mobuccsfan says: Mar 22, 2012 3:55 PM

    Yeah we need MLB, we need safety depth and another solid CB, OL depth, a complimentary RB for Blount and a true speed-rusher. Then the Buccaneers might make it to 7-9 or 8-8 this year. From there, as long as everyone stays out of trouble, relatively healthy as far as football standards are concerned, disciplined and focused, the team should make a push to return to the playoffs again by 2014.

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