Buccaneers on the hot seat

February, 24, 2014
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New coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht have made it pretty clear the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to have significant turnover this offseason.

That's what you would expect from a new regime taking over a team that went 4-12 last season. Smith already has singled out the offensive line for not playing up to its pay grade last year and he and Licht have talked about how there's going to be competition across the roster.

With that in mind, let's take a look at five guys that could be on the hot seat. I'm talking about guys that could be released and guys that will have to fight for their positions.

Tackle Donald Penn. His cap figure (more than $8 million) is the highest of any lineman. Penn, who turns 31 in April, is not getting younger and the Bucs could be in the market for an upgrade at left tackle.

Guard Davin Joseph. He's just behind Penn with a $6 million cap figure. Joseph didn't have a great season last year and his age, 30, could work against him.

Defensive end Da'Quan Bowers. He won't be a salary-cap casualty and will make it until at least training camp. But it's pretty obvious the Bucs are going to be adding some defensive ends. The light really has to come on for Bowers to be on the opening-day roster.

Middle linebacker Mason Foster. He's been fairly ordinary and it remains to be seen if he's a fit in the new defensive scheme. At very least, Foster will have some competition in training camp.

Wide receiver Mike Williams. His off-field activities have been in the headlines and that hasn't made the new regime happy. Williams has $6.4 million in guaranteed money owed to him over the next two seasons. But it's not like Williams is a superstar and the Bucs might be willing to dump him and take the cap hit.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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