When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went out and signed offensive lineman Carl Nicks in 2012, the team looked poised to have a Pro Bowl offensive line that would be the best in the league. Nicks was being paired on the same line as established star Davin Jospeh and things looked bright.
Then Joseph blowout his knee in a preseason game few months later the things spiraled out of control. Nicks now has MRSA, which has rendered him useless to the Buccaneers, and it appears that Joseph’s time with the team is over.
According to CBSSports insider Jason La Canfora, the Buccaneers are expected to part ways with Davin Joseph one way or another this offseason.
Bucs are gauging trade interest in OL Davin Joseph, according to teams who have spoken to them. Very doubtful he’s back in TB either way
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 8, 2014
Joseph has been ineffective for the Buccaneers and he carries $27.5 million left on his contract. There’s a chance the Bucs ask Joseph to take a pay cut, but it’s unlikely that he’ll be up for doing so. Similarly unlikely would be the Bucs paying Joseph’s contract any longer.
One way or another, Joseph is done in Tampa Bay and it appears that a trade for a late round pick will likely happen closer to the May draft.