Tucker a Buc no more
The Torrin Tucker experiment is over. The Bucs this week reached an injury settlement with the offensive tackle acquired as a restricted free agent during the offseason.
Tucker was released from injured reserve today and becomes a free agent. His chronic knee pain continues to prevent him from returning to action but he is still rehabilitating and hopes to catch on with another team before long.
Had Tucker remained on IR, he would have been unable to return this season and the Bucs would have been responsible for paying his $1.2-million base salary. This resolution allows the Bucs to take much less of a financial hit while giving Tucker the opportunity to play in 2006. It also means the salary cap hit absorbed by the team will be less than it would have been with Tucker on the roster for the duration of the season. It will include the small amount from Tucker's signing and/or roster bonuses and whatever sum was agreed upon in the settlement.
The Bucs essentially replaced Tucker by signing free agent tackle Cornell Green last week. They gambled by signing Tucker in the first place, but the move had the potential to pay off had he been able to provide needed depth on the line. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. But in this case, they ventured but still didn't gain.