The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem to be purging the areas of the roster that are struggling and are opting to just go for wholesale change rather than correct the existing problem. This started with the release of Pro Bowl right guard Davin Joseph and may continue with the release of center Jeremy Zuttah.
According to ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas, the Buccaneers seem to be overhauling their whole offensive line as left tackle (and career pillow) Donald Penn is a candidate for release as well.
Joseph’s release might only be the first of significant moves on Tampa Bay’s offensive line. Left tackle Donald Penn (a cap figure of more than $8 million) and center Jeremy Zuttah (a cap figure of more than $4 million) also could be candidates for release or contract restructures.
The purge of the offensive line seems to be serious in Tampa Bay, as while the new regime of Lovie Smith will be full of growth through nurturing, it’s apparent that more than a few veterans are being grinder up for mulch in the process.