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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have started cutting veterans in order to free up cap space. The team has reportedly released starting left tackle Donovan Smith and starting running back Leonard Fournette, both of whom played key roles in the team’s recent Super Bowl run.
Leonard Fournette’s Release:
The Buccaneers are reportedly cutting running back Leonard Fournette, who was a key contributor during the team’s Super Bowl championship season in 2020.
Fournette gained a total of 3,629 yards in three seasons in Tampa and scored 28 touchdowns. He was nicknamed “Playoff Lenny” due to his impressive performances in the postseason.
Fournette’s release will leave a small void in the Buccaneers’ backfield, but the team is expected to make 2nd-year back Rachaad White their full time starter.
The move will free up additional cap space for the team, about $3.5 million, which will be important as they look to re-sign key players and make additional acquisitions during the offseason.
Donovan Smith’s Release:
According to Pewter Report, the Buccaneers are cutting longtime left tackle Donovan Smith.
Smith had struggled during the 2022 season, with 12 accepted penalties against and 6 sacks allowed. His release could free up $15.25 million with a June 1 designation.
This move will leave a significant hole in the Buccaneers’ offensive line, which will need to be addressed during the offseason.
The former 2015 second round pick played 124 games for Tampa.
The Buccaneers have made the tough decision to release two veterans in order to free up cap space for the upcoming season. But this move will give them more flexibility to make additional acquisitions and re-sign key players.
The Buccaneers will need to be strategic in their offseason moves if they hope to repeat as NFC South champions, they’ll also have a new starting quarterback next season.