Bucs To Let QB Hamilton Go

February 23 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not likely tender a contract to restricted free agent quarterback Joe Hamilton. Hamilton spent all of last season on the injured reserve after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during his NFL Europe campaign. ALSO: Contract news regarding restricted free agents MLB Nate Webster, TE Todd Yoder and RB Aaron Stecker.

Brad Johnson might be the only quarterback on Tampa Bay's active roster on February 28.

Unless Tampa Bay re-signs them in the next few days, both Bucs backup quarterbacks Shaun King and Rob Johnson will become unrestricted free agents next Friday.

In other quarterback-related news, the Bucs will not likely tender a contract to quarterback Joe Hamilton, who is scheduled to become a restricted free agent.

The Bucs drafted Hamilton in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of Georgia Tech. Despite his 5-foot-10, 190-pound frame, Hamilton managed to secure the third-string quarterback spot in each of his first two seasons with the Bucs.

Tampa Bay sent Hamilton over to play in NFL Europe last spring, but his campaign with the Frankfurt Galaxy was short-lived after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The Bucs placed Hamilton on the injured reserve shortly after he underwent surgery to repair the injured knee.

In other Bucs free agency news, Tampa Bay is expected to tender league-minimum contracts to restricted free agents running back Aaron Stecker and tight end Todd Yoder.

Bucs middle linebacker Nate Webster, who is also scheduled to become a restricted free agent, is expected to be tendered a one-year contract, but he'll likely receive significantly more than the league minimum. Webster will likely be tendered at the level of a third-round draft pick, which means any team other than Tampa Bay that signs him must give the Bucs a third-round draft pick.


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