Donald Penn A Likely Factor In Vincent Signing

July 10th, 2010

Joe likes the signing of experienced left guard Keydrick Vincent yesterday.

Of course, he’s a huge upgrade to the thin ranks of reserves on the Bucs offensive line. Vincent, 32, was a starter for the Panthers the past two seasons. However, Joe’s not sure how, if the 32-year-old Vincent starts over Jeremy Zuttah, that is a good thing for the rebuilding Bucs.

This is the plan?

Astute analyst and former Buccaneers defensive end Steve White has several takes on the Vincent signing on his blog. Joe recommends you check it out.

One of White’s strong takes is that Vincent is part of a Plan B in case Donald Penn is on his couch in September.

But I personally believe this is more about the prospect of not having Donald Penn. When Penn got hurt last year the Bucs had Zuttah line up at tackle. It was some what disasterous but that’s what they went with. I’m thinking that if Penn really holds out moving Zuttah out to tackle and having Vincent step in at guard might be seen as preferrable to having a guy like in there who has never started a game in the NFL and who only recently even took up football.

Of course, White is referring to the Bucs likely not wanting to have hoopster turned bright green left tackle Demar Dotson protecting Josh Freeman’s blind side.

(Hey wait, didn’t Jeff Faine just say Dotson could be one of the all-time greats?)

Again, Joe likes the Vincent signing but hopes Zuttah, entering his third season, makes him an afterthought.

14 Responses to “Donald Penn A Likely Factor In Vincent Signing”

  1. JimBuc Says:

    I think it is about Penn because they announced the signing of Vincent on a Friday while I was having a steak. That’s a sure sign that this — just like everything else — is about Penn! 🙂

    Kidding aside, could be. If that was part of the motivation it is a pretty weak message to Penn, at least as compared to Zuttah

  2. jvato24 Says:

    Yes .. it is a good signing .. But anything can happen

    And yes Faine did say that Dotson could be great, But he said in time meaning 2-3 years .. Joe how can you bash an undrafted Free Agent like he could never be a Starter ..

    PS .. Where and what round was Donald Penn drafted ??

  3. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    Zuttah at Left Tackle would end Josh Freeman’s career prematurely…

    Hope it’s worth the few bucks the glazers will save by dissing Penn…

  4. Clayton's Moving Van Says:

    (Hey wait, didn’t Jeff Faine just say Dotson could be one of the all-time greats?)

    Really, Joe?

    If you’re gonna hold every athlete to some compliment that they paid one of their teammates, than you’re gonna have to start JoeDoesn’

  5. pewterpirate99 Says:

    Hey jvato24, he wasn’t bashing Dotson. He was simply stating a fact, Jeff Faine did say that. The fact of the matter is that if Penn holds out ( which I think he will ) we’re gonna have a guy that hasn’t really played football his whole life protecting our franchise quarterback’s blind side???!! HELL NO!!! Some of you out there need to stop being so sensitive about whats being written on here about these guys. They were a 3-13 team that in my opinion really didn’t do anything to make me want to renew my season tickets. I have better things to spend my hard earned money on. So stop being so soft on these guys, they have ALOT to prove! And don’t get all hyper extended with Joe for doing his job, and a damn fine job you’re doing Joe might I add. A lot BETTER job then the pewter putzes are doing that’s for sure.

  6. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    pewterpirate00 — “Hyperextended with Joe.” good line. …No sweat. There was no bash here on Dotson, and it was timely to bring up that Faine quote, whether Clayton’s Moving Van likes it or not.

  7. jvato24 Says:


    I would rather have a crappy season without Penn than pay him his ransom because he wants to take advantage of a situation where there is no depth ..

    He can sit on his ass till week 11 Like Vincent Jackson in SD if he wants .. But Penn is no Vincent Jackson .. He is a victim of the CBA but he needs to deal with it .. Hundreds of players are stuck just like Him so he needs to get his ass on the field ..

  8. eric Says:

    With Penn or without him, a crappy season it shall be.

  9. BigMacAttack Says:

    Boy, we’re just having all kinds of fun now with Joe’s name.

    How about

  10. JimBuc Says:

    pewterpirate99 — could read any further than (“which I think he will”). Sorry, but no way he holds out.

  11. JimBuc Says:

    Oops — could NOT read any further

  12. tampa2 Says:

    Detroit is going to have a ball when they play us. I can just see Suh salivating over what he has in store for Freeman after he blows by Zuttah.
    Not to mention all those “real” FA’s they signed this year. But I know you kool-aid boys think our Star-studded rookie defense will not let Detroit gain 10 yards, much less the 200 yards they will probably get. Still have Detroit marked up as a win for us?? Lol

  13. tampa2 Says:

    Probably get on the ground! typo, sorry!

  14. JimBuc Says:

    Tampa2 — Dan Sileo called. Wanted to know what you figured out about the Glazers and Madoff.