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Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut DEs Tim Crowder and Nick Reed, freeing $1.5 million in cap space

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have cut defensive ends Tim Crowder and Nick Reed, which will free up around $1.5 million in cap space. Crowder is a long-time backup defensive end who was signed to a two-year, $2 million deal last offseason. Crowder, however, barely featured in the rotation as Adrian Clayborn, Da'Quan Bowers and Michael Bennett all comfortably outplayed him. Nick Reed is a journeyman who was signed off the street late last season to help fill in for a number of injuries.

The Bucs freed up some cap space and salary with these moves, as they have sufficient depth at defensive end with Clayborn, Bowers, Bennett, George Johnson and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim. With the signings of Ronde Barber and journeyman offensive tackle Jamon Meredith, the Bucs had eaten into their available cap space. The Bucs still have two pressing needs they must fill this offseaso at linebacker and running back.

My apologies for the lack of stories the past day, the Daily Bucs Links will be up later today.