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Bucs continue house cleaning-release free agent bust Chris Baker

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The Bucs were only starting their house cleaning on Tuesday when they released two time Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin. They continued their February purge by cutting DT Chris Baker after only one season.

Baker had been a prized free agent acquisition last March from the Washington Redskins signing a three year, $15.75 million deal. But, he lasted only the 2017 season.

The team announced the move themselves on social media:

Baker not only failed to make an impact on the field with just 33 tackles in 15 games and 1/2 sack, but was also reportedly a problem within the locker room. This boiled over in a locker room incident after the Buccaneers Christmas Eve loss to the Panthers. That’s, when teammate Kwon Alexander, allegedly had to be restrained from going after Baker, whom he thought was smiling and not taking the loss seriously.

It was also well known from several sources that the 30 year old Baker’s work ethic in practice and preparation for games, especially as the losing season wore on, had become poorer and poorer.

So, it comes as no shock that the team has “pulled the plug.”

The moves saves the Bucs $4.875 million in salary, including $3 million that was due in the form of roster guarantee on March 18th.

The $4.875 million will count in “dead money” on the Bucs 2018 Salary Cap.

This coupled with Martin’s release and cap number means the Buccaneers now have over $11.5 million in “dead money” tied up in two players, so far, not on the roster for this season.

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