The Bucs cut Orlovsky on Thursday after just one season in Tampa Bay, the team announced. His release clears $1.5 million off the books. Orlovsky, 29, played in just a single game last season following previous stops with the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts.
Tampa Bay also released running back D.J. Ware, clearing another $750,000 in salary cap space. Ware rushed for just 51 yards on 11 carries during his one season with the team. The writing was on the wall for the six-year veteran after the Bucs signed free-agent running back Brian Leonard this week.
With just Adam Weber sitting behind Freeman, the Bucs aren't finished adding quarterbacks. Taking a passer with the 13th overall pick would be a stunner after coach Greg Schiano talked about Freeman as his starter, but all bets are off later in the draft as the Bucs look to rebuild their quarterback room.
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