Predicting Bucs CutsFebruary 17th, 2017
Teams already have shaved salaries off their books. Offseason housecleaning has begun.
Just look at what Miami did yesterday.
Of course, most cuts are made to save room under the salary cap. That’s understandable. When it comes to the Bucs, Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com believes three players should already have a real estate agent lined up.
Alterraun Verner, CB, 9) George Johnson, DE and 10) Evan Smith, C, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: These are three free agency ghosts of the Buccaneers’ recent past who are likely to be put out to sea.
Verner, barring a contract restructuring, seems like a no-brainer. George Johnson, acquired by trade in 2015, pppfffttt, buh-bye. However, Evan Smith is an interesting decision.
Yes, he is the second-highest paid player on the Bucs’ offensive line. The guy is versatile because he can play both center and guard — very valuable commodities to general managers and coaches — and if the Bucs don’t bring back Joe Hawley and, say, J.R. Sweezy can’t hack it and Ali Marpet stays at right guard, Joe easily could see Smith resume his starting gig at center.