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Lots more cap room for Bucs

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- Let's start this one by saying Wednesday's cuts by the Bucs weren't about the salary cap.

The Bucs already had plenty of cap space -- probably around $50 million -- before they cut Derrick Brooks, Joey Galloway, Cato June, Warrick Dunn and Ike Hilliard. Now, they've got even more room.

All totaled, the Bucs freed up $12.55 million in cap room with these moves. The release of Brooks, Dunn and June each cleared $3 million. Galloway's release freed up $2.35 million. Hilliard's departure opened $1.2 million in space.