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Bucs bounce receiver Kevin Ogletree

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released a player, but not the one who wants out in the worst way.

Per a league source, receiver Kevin Ogletree’s contract has been terminated.  Since he’s a vested veteran, he instantly becomes a free agent.

He caught eight passes for 70 yards and one touchdown in four games, including one start, for the Bucs.

Ogletree is entitled to take the balance of his $750,000 base salary as termination pay, if he so chooses.  Every NFL player who has completed four or more years of service is entitled once in his career to collect termination pay, if cut during a season.

If Ogletree takes the termination pay, the money won’t be offset by any money earned elsewhere this season.

For Ogletree, the unpaid balance is $573,000.  Quarterback Josh Freeman’s entitlement to termination pay in the amount of $6.44 million has been one of the primary impediments to a decision to release him.

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31 Responses to “Bucs bounce receiver Kevin Ogletree”
  1. acebuccs08 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:16 AM

    Some extra stats for ya he was targeted 21 times and only produced 8 catches. Can’t say all of them were catch-able with our QBs, but there were times where he just dropped those critical receptions.

    This what happens when a coach brings in his favorite players, I’m looking at you John Garrett!

  2. yooperman says: Oct 1, 2013 9:17 AM

    I’ll tell you 3 things, its my way, its my way, ITS MY WAY.

  3. ccjcsr says: Oct 1, 2013 9:17 AM

    Wasn’t good in Dallas, so it was just a matter of time!

  4. kevinb73 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:18 AM

    Good luck butter-fingers. You may be a veteran but you definitely didn’t earn that money you are “entitled to”. Go drop some passes somewhere else.

    Go BUCS!

  5. seatownballers says: Oct 1, 2013 9:19 AM

    Tampa is tanking quick. I can’t see the coach being there next year. Management is eyeing Manziel and Bridgewater now. What a circus

  6. kingmiedus says: Oct 1, 2013 9:22 AM

    About time, guy needs to learn to catch if he wants to stay in the NFL.

  7. bucrightoff says: Oct 1, 2013 9:23 AM

    Yeah running 4 yard dig routes when you need 5 yards certainly will lose you your job because its obvious you don’t know how to do it.

  8. cheapglazers says: Oct 1, 2013 9:26 AM

    He was making to much money.

  9. bryans49ers says: Oct 1, 2013 9:30 AM

    The Bucs are a disaster under Schiano! This is not college football but a business and it’s obvious his ego will not allow him to lead these multi million dollar professional athletes .
    The Bucs need to get a new coach in there to work with these disgruntled players ASAP and save the integrity of the organization!

  10. mrbullgator says: Oct 1, 2013 9:37 AM

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! This guy couldn’t catch a cold, led to many drives stalling and it seems his drops were contagious get this guy out of here

  11. tinbender2000 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:41 AM

    Good thing that older vet Schiano can play so many positions.

  12. ThatMannamedWalk says: Oct 1, 2013 9:41 AM

    i wish i had a union like the nflpa cause if i get released, i’m automatically entitled to $0.00

  13. justinstuckrule says: Oct 1, 2013 9:51 AM

    My Giants need to sign Kevin Ogletree. He’s a real superstar winner. Local New York product from Queens. Played college ball at Virginia, where the all-time great Tiki Barber played.

    Ogletree came from the Cowboys so he has a winning attitude and that’s something the Giants need desperately. This year is a rebuilding year for the Giants and I was saying that way back in preseason. Time to start fresh and get the new players in. The Giants need someone to start opposite Victor Cruz and Ogletree is that man. Nicks had a couple of good years but injuries and his attitude have taken their toll.

    Ryan Nassib, Kevin Ogletree and Victor Cruz should be the Giants new passing game.

  14. thegregwitul says: Oct 1, 2013 9:54 AM

    Based on his play on the field, it wouldn’t surprise me if Ogletree had dropped the pink slip on his way out the door.

  15. truebluefan2410 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:59 AM

    Jerry Jones wouldn’t. Would he??

  16. mrlaloosh says: Oct 1, 2013 10:00 AM

    Glazers should tell Schiano buh-bye in the bye week.

  17. ttommytom says: Oct 1, 2013 10:01 AM

    If Ogletree takes the severance pay, it should (in theory) help him get a contract next year.

    Of course, what he does the rest of this years will be more of a factor…

  18. Nic says: Oct 1, 2013 10:12 AM

    About time. This man should have never made the final roster. I’ll take Tiquan Underwood or Chris Owusu anyday over this piece of trash. Being a “vested veteran” means you should know a thing or two about situational football like you know, running a 3 yd drag on 3rd and 3 in the fourth quarter as opposed to a 2 yd.

  19. whysomanylosers says: Oct 1, 2013 10:22 AM

    Real head scratcher there…. He finally has a decent game and they cut him (9 targets, 5 catches). They have NO clear cut 3rd receiver (and I hated this guy).

    – Signed Bucs fan in denial

  20. CFOasis says: Oct 1, 2013 10:29 AM

    Can they bounce Schiano and this whole circus as well?

  21. mdd913 says: Oct 1, 2013 10:32 AM

    What exactly is going on in Tampa?

    Both of those guys are pretty good players and they’re just cutting them just like that?

    Something is very wrong with that organization.

  22. bucnblood says: Oct 1, 2013 10:39 AM

    Fire Schiano.

  23. james1755 says: Oct 1, 2013 11:04 AM

    Agreed. Schiano’s fault he couldn’t catch passes. Really?

  24. truths4all says: Oct 1, 2013 11:22 AM

    The Patriots are ready to sign him and turn him into an All-Pro receiver. Look at what Brady is already doing in his tutoring of 7th round picks and undrafted free agents – they are producing catches and TDs at a high productive rate than many big name, big salary receivers on other NFL teams.

    You must have a real QB to take advantage of any receiver talent, just ask Fitz on how his talent is being wasted by the Cards since the Cards’ Rod Graves and Ken Whisenhunt drove off Kurt Warner into retirement.

    And to think, Fitz could have signed with the Patriots when his contract expired a few years ago. If he had, Fitz would now be knocking on Jerry Rice’s records. As it is, Fitz took the easy money and all he got was some lousy QBs (and no catches and no TDs) in return. Sure will suck for him when his career is over a he could have been the one to help the Patriots over the humps of recent years to more SB rings.

  25. shackdelrio says: Oct 1, 2013 11:29 AM

    Hey Bucs, hands off our first pick. We need Teddy.

  26. trilbilly says: Oct 1, 2013 12:30 PM

    I have never seen this in a team before. You’ve had the entire preseason to evaluate players and you’re dumping guys 4 games into the season. If this were Raheem Morris people would be screaming for the coach’s head.

    Worst team management ever! Fire the coach right now and hire Lovie Smith before Schiano has a chance to screw up anyone else. Then take a good hard look at Mark Dominic for letting this whole fiasco go on as long as it has.

  27. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 1, 2013 12:45 PM

    Freeman’s not the only player the Bucs are losing money on. They are losing money on all 53 players, and then some. Well done Tampa. Hopefully you lose your team as a result of the excessive incompetence. You need to no longer exist like as of now.

  28. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Oct 1, 2013 1:59 PM

    Oh, that should fix the problem, good job roach Schiano! Good Luck at South Tallahassee North next season.

  29. keifer1751 says: Oct 1, 2013 2:03 PM

    I have been a Bucs fan for 25 years or so, and in that time, I thought I’d seen it all. This organization is so dysfunctional, it has become a disgrace to the NFL. Memo to the Glazers: Get this garbage-can coach out of Tampa and while you’re at it, put Mark Dominik in the seat next to him. They have destroyed a team that is packed with excellent players. We, as fans, deserve to see those players win. Josh Freeman will be fine as soon as he gets a real coach. Raheem Morris was a joke but this clown, Schiano, takes it to a new and very low level. Dump him in this bye week and salvage something out of this season.

  30. coseybedaman says: Oct 1, 2013 2:17 PM

    Wow that Giants fan that wants to bring in Kevin Ogletree to compliment Victor Cruz must be someone who works in their front office. You have Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle on the roster and you are looking to bring in Ogletree as an upgrade LOL?? That is scary buddy.
    P.S. Winning attitude from the Cowboys?? What on earth have they won since Ogletree has been there?? Or the past 17 years or so for that matter?? LOL THAT HAS TO BE THE POST OF THE WEEK!

  31. onebucplace says: Oct 1, 2013 2:55 PM

    Ogletree wasn’t very good in Tampa but I don’t think he was worth throwing away yet. This is classic Schiano just doing whatever he can to deflect people from his awful coaching.

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