Bucs Release TE Dave Moore

February 27 – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued to trim their high salary cap figure on Wednesday by releasing starting tight end Dave Moore. By cutting Moore, the Bucs will cut approximately $1.2 million off their salary cap. The Buccaneers will likely have to cut at least one more player in order to satisfy the NFL's 2002 maximum salary cap figure of $71.1 million by March 1.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are attempting to get their salary cap figure under the league's mandated figure of $71.1 million by Mar. 1, and on Wednesday, the Pewter Pirates took one step closer to obtaining that goal when they parted ways with 10th year veteran tight end Dave Moore.

"Dave has been a good player and a good soldier for us," said general manager Rich McKay. "This system sometimes creates situations such as this one, where you are forced into very tough decisions."

Moore, who had one-year remaining on a three-year contract, was scheduled to have a cap value of $1.4 million in 2002. By cutting their starting tight end, the Buccaneers will save approximately $1.2 million.

But despite eliminating Moore's high salary, the Pewter Pirates will likely have to cut at least one more player by Mar. 1 in order to meet the league's maximum salary cap figure in 2002. The Bucs are approximately $1.4 over the salary cap.

Moore is the fifth Bucs player to leave the team since Feb. 24. On Monday, LG Randall McDaniel retired and on Tuesday, LB Jeff Gooch, P Mark Royals and S Eric Vance were released by the team for salary cap reasons.

Moore entered the NFL with the Miami Dolphins in 1992 as a seventh round draft pick out of the University of Pittsburgh. Moore joined the Bucs during mid-season in 92' after the Dolphins released him.

Moore is ranked fourth in franchise history with touchdowns (24). The 10th year veteran tight end also hauled in 179 receptions for 1,774 yards as a Buccaneer.

In 2001, Moore finished the season with a career-high 35 receptions for 285 yards and led the team in touchdown receptions with four.


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