Bucs question: O-line shuffle?


Time for our mailbag question of the day.

Chris in Greensboro, N.C. wants to know if the Bucs will wait until free agency to start overhauling their offensive line.

I don’t think the Bucs will wait that long. The offensive line didn’t play well last season and is taking up a lot of salary-cap room. I think things will start to happen sooner rather than later.

My best guess is something will happen before the start of the league year in March. Whatever happens, I think it’s fair to speculate something will happen with tackle Donald Penn and guard Davin Joseph. The pair is scheduled to combine for $14 million in cap space.

The Bucs could try to restructure one or both contracts. But I also think there’s a chance Penn and Joseph could be released, because their age could work against them as the Bucs try to build something for the long term. Center/guard Jeremy Zuttah also has a high cap figure and could be a candidate to restructure his contract.

Then, there is guard Carl Nicks, who is trying to come back from an injury. I don't think the Bucs will rush anything when it comes to Nicks. They will give him every opportunity to get healthy, because a healthy Nicks is one of the best guards in the game.

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