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Buccaneers cut starters in $2 million move: report

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are making a punter change as the team plans to release starter Bradley Pinion. according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Though training camp is more than a month away, it’s been a busy week for the Bucs with roster moves, rumors and Rob Gronkowski announcing his retirement.

“The Buccaneers are releasing P Bradley Pinion today, a source says,” Garafolo tweeted on June 22, 2022. “Tampa drafted Jake Camarda in the fourth round. Pinion, who kicked and rummaged through a torn hip labrum and hip impingement last year, passed a physical yesterday. Expect multiple teams to be interested.”

The release of Pinion officially signals the start of rookie Jake Camarda taking the starting spot. The Buccaneers selected the former Georgia player in the fourth round with the No. 133 overall pick.

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The Athletic’s Greg Auman described Pinion’s release after Camarda’s selection as “fully expected”. The Buccaneers win an estimated $2 million in cap space by eliminating veteran punter.

“Bucs cut punter Bradley Pinion today as @MikeGarafolo first reported,” Auman noted in a series of Tweets from June 22nd. “That was fully expected when they drafted Jake Camarda in the fourth round in April. Pinion has excelled at kickoffs for the past 2 years, but his punting stats haven’t been that great. 21 pushed through injury.

“Bucs gain about $2 million in Cap Space by scrapping Bradley Pinion. They removed his entire $2.9 million salary with no dead money, but he was replaced in the top 51 by a player capped at $895,000. They now have about $12 million in cap space for 2022.”

Pat McAfee, a former NFL player-turned-analyst, is a big fan of Camarda’s game and the Bucs’ selection of the Bulldogs spec. McAfee took to Twitter during the draft to show some love to Camarda.

“LET’S GOOOOOOO”, McAfee tweeted on April 30th. “When I first saw Cuzzie Jake (can’t find his twitter) I was like, ‘Oh… this guy has a Sunday leg.’ He’ll do his thing in Tampa.”

Pinion is a seven-year NFL veteran and spent the last three seasons with the Buccaneers. The kicker received a solid 81.1 for kickoffs from Pro Football Focus but struggled with punting, earning just a 63.9 overall.

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