With NFL Free Agency set to start on Tuesday afternoon, the Buccaneers have made a move that will clear even more cap space to sign free agents. According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN, the Buccaneers have released long time center Jeff Faine.
Faine will turn 31 in April. Although he started 15 games last season, he dealt with injury problems in the seasons before that. Then there’s the financial aspect. Since the Bucs already have absorbed all the prorations on Faine’s contract, there would be no salary-cap implications if they release him. In fact, they instantly would clear up $5.925 million in cap room.
Faine has played in 117 career games for the Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints and Buccaneers. He joined Tampa Bay for the 2008 season and has been with the club ever since. He only played in eight games in 2010 before playing in 15 last year.