Buccaneers to Release FB B.J. Askew, Too

In addition to releasing defensive tackle Chris Hovan, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will release veteran fullback B.J. Askew on Monday, Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports.

Askew (6-3, 233) is two years into a five-year, $8.6 million dollar contract he signed in 2008. The deal included $2.2 million dollars in guarantees, and was set to pay him $875,000 in base salary this year.

In three seasons in Tampa, Askew started 15 of 28 games, catching 33 passes for 244 yards. Neck and back injuries stemming from an October car accident limited Askew to just five games last season.

A third-round pick (85th overall) out of Michigan by the New York Jets in 2003, Askew spent four seasons with the Jets before signing with the Buccaneers as a free agent in 2007. Askew has 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns rushing, and has caught 45 passes for 317 yards as a receiver out of the backfield.

Wide receiver Michael Clayton, who the Buccaneers tried unsuccessfully to trade over the weekend, could be next.

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