Bucs cut ties with veterans Dan Orlovsky and D.J. Ware
The moves save the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over $2.35 million in salary cap room for 2013. Backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who had one-year remaining on a two-year contract he signed with Tampa Bay Buccaneers ahead of the 2012 season, was owed $1.5 million next season. Meanwhile, running back D.J. Ware’s release frees up $750,000 in terms of salary cap space for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2013 season.
Following Dan Orlovsky’s departure, former undrafted free agent Adam Weber is the only quarterback remaining on the roster, but he hasn’t appeared in a regular season game since being signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two seasons ago.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been looking to upgrade at their backup quarterback spot for a while now and were last week even involved in efforts to bring former Oakland Raider free agent quarterback Carson Palmer to Tampa Bay. While Carson Palmer reportedly liked the destination, he was discouraged by his prospects of starting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after coach Greg Schiano in a sorts of way indicated earlier this offseason that Josh Freeman will return as the starter. Carson Palmer eventually ended up being drafted to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for draft picks.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have recently been reportedly in talks with other free agent quarterbacks, including Drew Stanton and Chase Daniel. There are still other younger options, at least in the form of backup quarterbacks, remaining on the free agent market including Brady Quin, Kellen Clemens, Matt Leinart and former Broncos’ Caleb Hanie.
It is still unknown whether the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could draft a quarterback with one of their higher picks in next month’s draft since Josh Freeman’s contract only runs through the 2013 season.
The 29-year-old Dan Orlovsky only appeared in one game last season, completing four of seven passes for 51 yards in a 41-0 defeat to the New Orleans Saints in Week 15.
Meanwhile, D.J. Ware also signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year immediately taking on a third-down back role behind rookie starter Doug Martin, shortly after being released by the New York Giants in August. D.J. Ware rushed 11 times for 51 yards and caught 14 passes for 100 yards last season.
The writing had been on the wall for D.J. Ware ever since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed free agent running back Brandon Leonard, who is more than capable to replace D.J. Ware at third-down back. Other running backs remaining on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster include LeGarrette Blount, 2012 rookie Michael Smith and Doug Martin.