Buccaneers release cornerback LeQuan Lewis per report

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Update: One of my readers kindly reminded me that this happened on December 29, the day before the final game. Which it did, so that explains most of that.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released cornerback LeQuan Lewis, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. Lewis was an undrafted rookie in 2011, and played four games for the Buccaneers this past season, logging four tackles, one pass defense and one interception. He was essentially an emergency fill-in given the numerous injuries and suspensions the Bucs had in the secondary.

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Still, the release is slightly odd, unless he had a minuscule bonus coming tomorrow. That is, provided this report is correct, which has not always been the case the past months. According to Spotrac, Lewis wasn't due any bonuses and was signed to a minimum contract for 2013. Given the fact that players only get their salaries when they make it to a regular season game (with some minor compensation for training camp and offseason work), I'm not exactly sure what the point of this release was. Cutting Quincy Black or Eric Wright would make a much bigger impact on the salary cap, although the Bucs have some $30 million in cap room already.

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