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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released veteran wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins, the team announced today.

Hawkins, who signed with the team as a free agent in April and played for offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford at Cal, was buried in a deep pool of receivers, seeing action mostly with the third-team offense.

On Saturday against the Dolphins, Hawkins caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from third-string quarterback Mike Kafka.

Hawkins spent the first five seasons of his career with the Titans and spent last year with the Chargers.

The Bucs have a number of receivers they still need to evaluate and make a decision on, so Hawkins’ release won’t be the first. The group currently includes Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, Louis Murphy, Chris Owusu, Russell Shepard, Skye Dawson, Tommy Streeter and Eric Page.