The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released five players on Wednesday, a list that included Warrick Dunn and Joey Galloway.
Galloway ran off three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and had value in fantasy circles with the Bucs, but injuries and the emergence of Antonio Bryant turned him into waiver-wire fodder in 2008. At 37, it could be difficult for him to land a prominent role with a new team.
The team also released Ike Hilliard, who joins Michael Clayton on the list of former Tampa wide receivers who are free agents.
Dunn, 33, was able to make an impact for fantasy leaguers last season, finishing with 47 receptions and 1,116 yards from scrimmage. His best statistical seasons are well in the rearview mirror, but Dunn should still land with a club that needs a third-down back.
With Dunn out of the mix, the value of Earnest Graham is on the rise.
New coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski believes Graham will be a perfect fit for his zone-blocking scheme, so a potential increase in carries makes him that much more attractive. A sleeper in 2007 with 49 receptions and 10 touchdowns, Graham should be seen as a borderline No. 2 or 3 fantasy runner.