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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tough Cuts

The Buccaneers announced the release of four veteran players on Tuesday as they sought compliance with the 2005 salary cap, set to take over at midnight


CB Mario Edwards played one season with the Buccaneers

The National Football League's 2005 season begins after midnight on Tuesday, bringing with it a new salary cap number and the onset of the '05 portions of each signed player's contract. If the sum of the latter category is more than the former number for any team, that team is compelled to make some moves.

That was the case for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were an estimated $17 million over the cap a week ago. In addition to the relief provided by new deals for Brian Griese on Sunday and Mike Alstott on Monday, the team has responded by releasing four players. The players released on Tuesday are:

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