Bucs Shopping Jeremy Zuttah?March 16th, 2014
This really isn’t nor shouldn’t be a surprise. It seems Bucs general manager Jason Licht is not resting whatsoever after a fruitful week of wheeling and dealing. As nice as it was today, Joe can picture Licht poolside on his cell phone.
Per NFL insider Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Licht is dangling Bucs offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah as trade bait. Of course, we all know that in recent days, shopping a guy during the free agent recruiting season is usually a precursor to an outright release.
@JasonLaCanfora: After signing OL Evan Dietrich-Smith from Packers, Bucs open to listening to offers on OL Jeremy Zuttah. If value not there will keep him. … Bucs, as I’ve noted, prioritized reshaping their OL this offseason and parting w/vets near the end of their deals factors into that. … But ultimately Bucs can still carry Zuttah’s salary if need be and prize his versatility. BAL, IND, NYG among teams w/need at interior OL.
How many times did Bucs coach Lovie Smith if not Licht himself talk about how disappointed they were in the offensive line? If the Bucs find a taker for Zuttah, the only returning starting lineman will be right tackle Demar Dotson, and Joe suspects the main reason why is his team-friendly salary.
Zuttah is the last link to Chucky still on the Bucs’ roster, sadly, was one of the very few decent draft picks Chucky (and Bruce Almighty) ever had.
This rumored trade, if it is consummated, just reinforces Joe’s hunch the Bucs will be drafting an offensive tackle in the first round (still, Joe is holding out hope cooler heads prevail and Johnny Football comes to town to rescue the offense).
And yes, Joe knows the Bucs just signed a guy to play left tackle; a guy Joe might add who has never started a full season on the NFL level. Currently, the front line of the Bucs looks paper-thin.