The Bucs have started the internal decisions that lead up to the start of free agency in three weeks, letting two restricted free agents recovering from injury — LB Adarius Glanton and DB Jude Adjei-Barimah — know that they won't be offered tenders, making them unrestricted free agents.
In doing so, Tampa Bay is deciding neither player is worth a one-year, roughly $1.8-million minimum tender. It leaves the door open for them to re-sign later this spring on a lesser contract.
Glanton, 27, has been a top backup at linebacker, stepping up and registering 20 tackles in a three-game span last season when he filled in as a starter. He scored a touchdown by recovering a fumble in the end zone on the final play of last year's win over Miami but suffered a broken leg in the season finale and could be fully recovered as soon as April.
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Adjei-Barimah, 25, missed all of 2017 recovering from preseason knee surgery and only recently has been cleared to return. He also missed the final six games of 2016 between a four-game suspension and injury, but also started seven games as a rookie in 2015 and could provide depth in a revamped Bucs secondary.
The Bucs have three remaining restricted agents awaiting decisions — TE Cameron Brate and WR Adam Humphries are almost certain to be tendered, leaving a question of which tender they'll receive, while DE Ryan Russell is waiting to hear if he'll be tendered.