Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers release center Jeff Faine

TAMPA — The Bucs bid farewell to former captain Jeff Faine, their starting center the past four seasons.

Faine was released Wednesday, the same day the team acquired All-Pro guard Carl Nicks, who will move to left guard while Jeremy Zuttah — signed to a four-year deal last week — will replace Faine at center.

When he signed with the Bucs in 2008, Faine was the NFL's highest-paid center at six years, $37.5 million. He had two seasons remaining on the deal and was slated to make $5.925 million in base salary in the fall. His release creates additional cap room after the club spent roughly $30 million in cap space in the first 24 hours of free agency.

"The move is bittersweet, but I leave in good health, excited and energized for my next opportunity," Faine, 30, said in a statement.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers release center Jeff Faine 03/14/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 11:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. NHL All-Star Game logo revealed

    Blogs

    The NHL released its official logo for the 2018 All-Star Game, which will be held at Amalie Arena in Tampa Jan. 28. It's fitting there's palm trees, water and a sunset tones in the logo.

  2. For starters: Rays at Orioles, with Cobb on hill, Beckham in lineup

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 3:46: After sitting out Thursday in recovering from extraction of a tooth, former Rays SS Tim Beckham is in the Orioles lineup tonight for his first game against his ex-mates, batting leadoff and playing short.

  3. Bucs defensive end Chris Baker (90) is seen during training camp last month at One Buc Place. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Bucs' defensive attributes in opener included flexibility

    Bucs

    TAMPA — It's a blink-and-you-miss-it nuance, but in Sunday's opener against Chicago, on their very first defensive snap, the Bucs lined up in a 3-4 defense.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter shakes hands with cornerback Brent Grimes (24) before an NFL game between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 

  5. Bucs-Vikings: What if O.J. Howard and Dalvin Cook had both been taken?

    Bucs

    So what if the Bucs had taken neither O.J. Howard nor Dalvin Cook with the 19th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft?

    Bucs tight end O.J. Howard (80) makes a reception as Chicago Bears free safety Eddie Jackson (39) tackles him Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]