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Bucs won’t tender injured LB Adarius Glanton, DB Jude Adjei-Barimah

By Greg Auman
Published: February 23, 2018
Bucs linebacker Adarius Glanton, shown after he broke his leg in last year's season finale, will not be tendered by the Bucs, making him an unrestricted free agent.[MONICA HERNDON | Times]

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.