One of the Buccaneers’ main objectives this off-season was a complete revamping of their offensive line.
After the departures of Davin Joseph and Donald Penn, and the addition of center/guard Evan Dietrich-Smith, many have wondered if Jeremy Zuttah and his $4.5 million price tag would be next to exit Tampa Bay.
It is unclear what the Buccaneers would ask for in return for their starting center, but I wouldn’t anticipate more than a late round selection.
What we do know is that this trade could be completed soon.
A trade of Zuttah will leave the Bucs with a gaping hole at right guard.
The Bucs will gain an additional $4.5 million in cap space. One name to remember is Browns center Alex Mack who has the Browns transition tag on him. The Browns could match any offer he receives, so if the Bucs were serious about him, they’d have to make the contract extremely lucrative. Dietrich-Smith was listed as a center/guard by the Bucs when he signed with the team despite playing center for the Packers.
Another name to keep an eye on is former Cardinals OG Daryn Colledge. Jason Licht’s familiarity with Colledge from Arizona might be enough to bring him in.
Oh, and former All Pro OG Richie Incognito is available if the Bucs are willing to take on that risk.
The Bucs might also target an interior lineman in the NFL draft.
In the 1st round with the 7th overall pick, the Bucs might decide to select Auburn OT Greg Robinson (if available) and start his career our at guard before moving him to a tackle position.
The 2nd round might be more likely for the Bucs. Guards like Xavier Su’a-Filo of UCLA, David Yankey of Stanford, and Gabe Jackson of Mississippi State could all be targets at the top of round two.
Jeremy Zuttah has been traded to the Ravens for an undisclosed draft pick in 2015.
Trade will be complete once Zuttah passes the Ravens physical.
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