The NFL Draft is almost here and teams will soon need to start making cap space in order to sign all of their new players. One of those teams is the reigning Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They are returning all 22 starters, but do have some room to make cuts.
With that being said, here are three players the Buccaneers can cut to make cap space for their draft picks.
1. Cameron Brate, TE
This one is tough since Cameron Brate was a reliable No. 2 tight end behind Rob Gronkowski last season. However, letting Brate go would save the team $6.8 million and give the Bucs some flexibility heading into the draft. Gronkowski is the clear-cut starter moving forward and OJ Howard is set to return this season after going down with an Achilles injury in 2020. Tampa Bay would take on no dead money by releasing Brate and he is simply a luxury piece at this point. It wouldn't be surprising to see him let go.
2. William Gholston, DE
Defensive end William Gholston is one of the longest-tenured Buccaneers, but he comes with a $5.5 million cap hit in 2021. Gholston hasn't had more than 3 sacks in any of his eight NFL seasons and is now 30 years old. His production could realistically be replaced by a young rookie in the NFL Draft. It's definitely possible Gholston would take a pay cut to stay on a contending team like the Bucs, but he may not have that choice. Tampa Bay could clear up some cap space by cutting the veteran.
3. Bradley Pinion, P
This one may be a stretch given how well Bradley Pinion has played for the Buccaneers over the last few seasons. However, taking a cap hit of $2.8 million for a punter isn't always a great idea as Tampa Bay would likely not struggle to find a replacement at the position. In fact, Pinion is set to make more money in 2021 than some of the Buccaneers' defensive starters. All things considered, the team would not take on any dead money in letting Pinion go. It remains a viable option.
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