Bucs Add To Offensive LineMarch 16th, 2014
The remaking of the Bucs continues as general manager Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith are not taking the weekend off. After getting used by Emmanuel Sanders, the Bucs went the safe route and grabbed veteran guard Oniel Cousins, late of the Cleveland Browns, per Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.
Cousins opened the 2013 season as the Browns starting right guard, but that was only due to the loss due to injury of Jason Pinkston and Shawn Lauvao, and he lasted only four games in that role.
Cousins received minimal playing time in six other games, but in 322 snaps overall last year he allowed one quarterback sack, two quarterback hits and 21 quarterback hurries, according to ProFootballFocus.
Cousins came to the league as right tackle and has spent most of his career working in that capacity, though he has also taken some snaps at the left tackle and has often lined up as third tight end/tackle.
Joe’s going to guess this is another safety net for Carl Nicks. He’s versatile and four years ago did start all 16 games for the hapless Browns.
Joe’s going to guess that if the Bucs continue to sign players, they will be bargain-basement signings such Cousins.
As an aside, Bucs offensive line coach George Warhop was Cousins’ position coach in Cleveland.