The Buccaneers began their offseason roster trimming with the release of four players today.
Tackle/Guard Gabe Carimi was waived allowing the Buccaneers to clear out $1,337,187 in cash and cap charges. Carimi is one of the big busts of the 2011 NFL draft. Originally selected by the Bears with the 29th pick in the first round the Bears traded him after just two seasons to the Bucs for a 2014 6th round draft selection. Carimi lasted just one year in Tampa Bay. His contract can be claimed by any of the other 31 teams between now and 4PM on Tuesday the 11th. Carimi has no guarantees in his contract but he does have a $592,187 roster bonus due in March and a $100,000 workout bonus in his contract that would likely be a barrier to a team claiming his contract.
Veteran DT Derek Landri was also released today clearing up $1.5 million in cap space. As is customary with many of the Buccaneers contracts Landri’s contract contained no prorated bonus money so there is no dead cost associated with releasing him.
The team also waived QB Jordan Rodgers and RB Michael Hill. Our estimates had the Buccaneers at approximately $10.5 million in cap room. They should now have around $12.5 million in room.
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