Is there more to Gradkowski's release?

The NFL has not officially recorded the release of Tampa Bay QB Bruce Gradkowski, leaving the door open to speculation about his status.

Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski was placed on waivers Friday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At least that's what the team announced late in the afternoon. But are the Bucs taking a page from the Minnesota Vikings' book by announcing the move, but not officially recording it with the league office?

A week ago, the Vikings announced on the Friday before Memorial Day that they had placed defensive end Erasmus James on waivers. However, the league office was closed Friday and for the official holiday Monday, so the transaction was never reported.

The day after Memorial Day, the Vikings traded James to Washington for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

By announcing the release of Gradkowski, the Bucs have now opened the door for teams to seek a trade instead of taking the chance of getting Gradkowski on waivers. The Rams are one team looking for a quarterback, preferably an experienced younger player who would be the third quarterback behind Marc Bulger and Trent Green. Brock Berlin is currently the third quarterback on the Rams' roster.

However, by virtue of their 3-13 record last season, only the Dolphins would have claiming priority ahead of the Rams for waived players. The Dolphins' quarterbacks are Josh McCown, John Beck and rookie Chad Henne.

Howard Balzer is a Senior NFL Writer for The Sports Xchange, which distributes

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