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Buccaneers release Dan Orlovsky and Danny Ware

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The NFL released its daily list of transactions on Thursday afternoon and a couple of previously unreported moves by the Buccaneers joined the release of Falcons tackle Tyson Clabo and defensive tackle Mike Patterson’s addition to the Giants.

The Buccaneers released quarterback Dan Orlovsky and running back Danny Ware, both of whom become free agents immediately since they are already vested veterans. The two moves save the Bucs about $2.35 million under the salary cap for 2013.

Orlovsky played in one game as Josh Freeman’s backup during the 2012 season, completing 4-of-7 passes for 51 yards. It was Orlovsky’s first year as a backup in Tampa and his departure leaves Adam Weber and Freeman as the only quarterbacks on the roster. One would expect Tampa to focus on adding a quarterback at some point in the draft since Freeman’s contract only runs through next season and the Bucs haven’t yet seemed set on extending the relationship beyond 2013.

Ware served as the team’s third running back in 2012, carrying the ball 11 times over the course of the season. With Brian Leonard joining the team and 2012 rookie Michael Smith still on the roster, it’s not hard to see why the team decided to move on from Ware.

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27 Responses to “Buccaneers release Dan Orlovsky and Danny Ware”
  1. jwayne03 says: Apr 4, 2013 6:13 PM

    There goes the Super Bowl chances…

  2. hartdaddy says: Apr 4, 2013 6:17 PM

    In other news, the Arizona Cardinals have just signed QB Dan Orlovsky…The Bills & Raiders were reported to be interested.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 4, 2013 6:19 PM

    Oh Danny boys, the pipes, the pipes, are calling.

  4. p31squared says: Apr 4, 2013 6:24 PM

    Orlovsky has shown he’s good enough to start for a team like Oakland or Jacksonville. Hope he gets a shot. Peyton Manning would likely still be a Colt and Luck would be starting for the Redskins if Dan got the job earlier in the Colts’ 11-12 season. He was the best (non-injured) QB on that roster that included Kerry Collins and Curtis Painter and showed it that preseason. Then he sat.

  5. kgun80 says: Apr 4, 2013 6:31 PM

    @Hartdaddy
    That’s a great post… And I’m a Bills fan

  6. Stiller43 says: Apr 4, 2013 6:36 PM

    Did you guys really NOT use a picture of orlovsky running out of his own endzone in detroit?

    I guess theres a first time for everything…

  7. dalucks says: Apr 4, 2013 6:50 PM

    The Bucs should trade their 2nd and 3rd round picks to Houston for the 27th pick then use the 27th pick to draft Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson.
    Drafting a rookie QB in the first round will motivate Josh Freeman to step up his play or step aside.

  8. buccfaninhawkeyecountry says: Apr 4, 2013 6:59 PM

    Trade A 2nd and 3rd for a 1 for someone that won’t get drafted til the 3rd round. Are u stupid? Serious question

  9. phinfan says: Apr 4, 2013 7:03 PM

    Orlovsky is a solid backup. Any team in the league would be lucky to have him.

    And while I’m at it… he’s still better than SANCHEZ

  10. dalucks says: Apr 4, 2013 7:23 PM

    @bucsfaninhawkeyecountry
    Tyler Wilson is better than people realize but I thought you wanted an upgrade at QB. If not then feel free to reach on Mark Sanchez.
    Then again, what does a Bucs fan know about a good QB? Serious question. The last good QB to play in Tampa was…………….hold on, I am thinking…………………….hold on………….please tell me the last good QB to play for the Bucs. Serious question.

  11. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 4, 2013 7:46 PM

    he must be a texans fan

  12. cowboysfaninbuffalove says: Apr 4, 2013 7:57 PM

    Orlovsky is garbage…don’t know why @p31squared thinks he could be a starter in this league…he obviously doesn’t understand the game of football

  13. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 4, 2013 8:01 PM

    Orlvosky should go to the CFL, where the end zones are so deep, even he can’t run out of the back of them.

    /Safety Dance!

  14. hatesycophants says: Apr 4, 2013 8:02 PM

    Dan-o is not good enough to start for any team. Let’s not get nuts. He is a serviceable backup.

  15. justintuckrule says: Apr 4, 2013 8:15 PM

    Please Giants. DONT resign Ware. Where Jerry Rice is the G.O.A.T., Ware is the W.O.A.T.

  16. bouchez9393 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:26 PM

    Here comes Tebow, packaged with revis!

  17. bigmas26 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:36 PM

    who??

  18. EJ says: Apr 4, 2013 8:47 PM

    dalucks says: Apr 4, 2013 7:23 PM

    @bucsfaninhawkeyecountry
    Tyler Wilson is better than people realize but I thought you wanted an upgrade at QB. If not then feel free to reach on Mark Sanchez.
    Then again, what does a Bucs fan know about a good QB? Serious question. The last good QB to play in Tampa was…………….hold on, I am thinking…………………….hold on………….please tell me the last good QB to play for the Bucs. Serious question.

    Steve Young

  19. dalucks says: Apr 4, 2013 9:25 PM

    @EJ
    If Steve Young was so good for the Bucs then why did they trade him. Plus, he had to sit the bench for years until he was gift wrapped the starting job because he was not good enough to beat out an aging and declining Joe Montana.
    Steve Young, how can Tampa Bay get credit for Steve Young when he became a hall of famer with another team? Serious question.

  20. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 4, 2013 9:36 PM

    Freeman better watch out. Weber can play.

  21. richndc says: Apr 4, 2013 9:37 PM

    I wondered where all the angry trolls were…and here you all are, just like always.

  22. dalucks says: Apr 4, 2013 10:09 PM

    @EJ
    The best thing to happen to Steve Young in Tampa was getting traded. If you think that is a contribution and Tampa should get some credit than congratulations.

  23. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Apr 5, 2013 1:23 AM

    And now they lead the league in cap room, at $28.6 mil, with free agency all but over with.

    Um?

  24. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Apr 5, 2013 2:47 AM

    Steve Spurrier

  25. bucheadlouden says: Apr 5, 2013 10:11 AM

    We don´t need competition, but a replacement. But let´s face it: There´s no one around, that could be better than him and next years draft has some starting QB coming out >>draft one.

  26. bucheadlouden says: Apr 5, 2013 10:13 AM

    sorry forgot to say: and we don´t need a “pusher” since he´s good enough winning games… but again i´m all in for a (real) replacement too.

  27. steelerben says: Apr 5, 2013 10:35 AM

    @dalucks:

    If you’re talking about starters: Trent Dilfer, Vinny Testaverde, Brad Johnson, and Doug Williams were all good players. Brad Johnson is the only one with a winning record with the Bucs, though.

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