The Bucs have foreshadowed their plans at two different positions, releasing backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky and running back D.J. Ware.

Cutting Orlovsky indicates the Bucs will move to acquire a new backup quarterback behind Josh Freeman either through free agency or the draft. The release of Ware suggests they’ll use new-signee Brian Leonard as their third-down running back – a role Ware had last season.

Orlovsky signed a two-year contract entering last season but the Bucs have been trying to upgrade their backup quarterback spot for several weeks. That included their efforts last week to sign Carson Palmer, who considered the Bucs after his release from the Raiders but ultimately joined the Cardinals because he didn’t see a legitimate shot to start in Tampa Bay.