The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have waived offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, quarterback Jordan Rodgers and running back Michael Hill while they released defensive tackle Derek Landri, the team announced. The release of those four players will save the team $2.07 million in cap space, according to Brian McIntyre.
Gabe Carimi is the most surprising name on the list of departures. The Bucs traded a sixth-round pick for the former first-round draft pick last season, as he'd seen his career go downhill after suffering a knee injury in his rookie year. Carimi started three games at left guard for the Buccaneers last season, but could not hold off Jamon Meredith or Ted Larsen.
Michael Hill was a mid-season signing who managed nine carries last season. With Doug Martin, Michael Smith, Jeff Demps and Mike James on the roster and Bobby Rainey available as an exclusive-rights free agent, the team hardly needs another running back. Meanwhile, Derek Landri was one of several low-profile signings last year, but he managed just one sack in eight games and one start at defensive tackle.
The Bucs also signed quarterback Mike Kafka, who was a fourth-round pick for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010, but hasn't been on a regular season roster since 2011. He's likely little more than a training camp arm and shouldn't really affect the team's plans at quarterback going forward.