Friday, July 29, 2011
Buccaneers firm up roster
By Pat Yasinskas
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made several major moves as they get ready to start training camp.
As expected, they made it a point to finalize an agreement with their own most important free agent. They agreed to a seven-year, $52.5 million contract with guard Davin Joseph. They also agreed with offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood on a two-year deal and punter Michael Koenen on a six-year deal.
Joseph is one of the anchors of an offensive line that has a chance to be good, and keeping him was Tampa Bay’s first priority. Trueblood had been the starting right tackle, but got injured last year and wound up losing his starting job to James Lee. Now that he’s healthy, Trueblood should get a chance to compete for the starting job.
Koenen had been with the Falcons, but they decided not to bring him back. In addition to his punting, part of the reason the Bucs wanted Koenen was because he’s also a kickoff specialist.