Bucs Add To Offensive Line

March 16th, 2014
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Oniel Cousins played for Bucs offensive line coach George Warhop in Cleveland.

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.

40 Responses to “Bucs Add To Offensive Line”

  1. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Camp Body-If he performs well-maaayyybe a back-up at best.

  2. BucinNC Says:

    Please don’t tell me this means Zuttah has to worry about his job security

  3. Rrsrq Says:

    This guy signed to replace Gabe Camiri

  4. Buc A Deer Says:

    Coach Warhop probably said great things about Cousins. Good depth signing.

  5. bucrightoff Says:

    The comments on the PFT article are pretty hilarious. Sounds like he’s pretty bad.

  6. Macabee Says:

    Don’t panic. Everybody can’t be a starter. Warhop knows this guy and what to expect from him. Then too we’ve got to let Penn and Joseph test the market and get past their egos a little bit. It’s not impossible we could see one or both back if they don’t catch on somewhere. I know sight unseen, both are superior to Cousins. This is a no impact signing and won’t cost anything if he is cut before game day week one.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    With these type signings we could actually get 32 players for Revis……such a deal!!!

  8. rayjay1122 Says:

    Wow. We have really signed some stars. Lol. Probably going to draft a bunch of “value” picks as well. We will probably just trade our 7th pick for a 5th, 6th, and 7th rounders. Sarcasm very much intended.

  9. snook Says:


  10. rayjay1122 Says:

    I predict another 4-12 season. This team has not gotten any better. IMO.

  11. snook Says:

    I love how idiot fans think every free agent signing is supposed to be a superstar.

  12. bucrightoff Says:

    Yeah snook its not so much about wanting every signing to be a star, but it just sounds like he’s not even good as a depth player, that he’s pretty much a camp body, which is fine. Hence why him being bad doesn’t matter, ideally he won’t make the team as they’ll find someone better in the draft or closer to the start of the season after cuts.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Hey…at this point it looks like Cousins will play more snaps than Carl Nicks…..lets hope not!!!

  14. BFFL Says:

    1 yr deal for league minimum…he’s obviously not very good. I think he was converted from tackle to guard. Hopefully his poor play was a result of still learning to play guard.

  15. snook Says:

    How is he a camp body if he started 16 games last season?

  16. bucrightoff Says:

    Because he didn’t start 16 games? Please read again

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The only “camp body” worth anything is Rachel Watson….

  18. INDYbucsfan Says:

    @snook you’re so right
    Quit expecting every F/A we bring in to be a slam dunk signing. We’ve brought in some starters and now we’re building depth. It’s what good teams do

  19. kh Says:

    Ted Larsen’s replacement

  20. rawr Says:

    More signings we do clearer and clearer it gets.
    We are drafting a QB.

  21. deminion Says:

    I don’t care what no one says the team seems to have improved vastly

  22. deminion Says:

    Rawr Ive bn sayin this for awhile I think teddy b is gunna b a buc

  23. teacherman777 Says:

    So many dumb fans here.

    He plays guard and tackle. Which is good.

    He has experience. Which is good.

    Our O-line coach believes in him. Which is good.

    Hes still young. Which is good.

    And we need depth. So his signing, was good.

    Relax people.

    I was calling for Peppers or Jared Allen.

    Instead, we chose a young guy, Michael Johnson. A freak!

    I am happy I was wrong and Lovie and Frazier didnt sign their old players.

    We cut both old guys on our O-line. Great moves!

    Its a new day in Tampa Bay!

  24. Bucs Fan!!!!! Says:

    It’s Depth! Plus we don’t know how he will be used. “…he has also taken some snaps at the left tackle and has often lined up as third tight end/tackle.” Let’s have a little patience. Other commenters are correct, every pickup is not going to be a star. However, he may be the star of a formation that springs Doug Martin for a first down or better. Sweeps anyone? Just saying ….

  25. Bucs Fan!!!!! Says:

    Open your mind….

  26. zam Says:

    boy they really hated last year’s offensive line, didn’t they?

  27. Hawk Says:

    Possible ‘blocking’ TE?

  28. BMO24seven Says:

    I wonder if we’ll make a move in Hester or another wideout?

  29. The_Buc_Realist Says:


    they must have watched the tape from the last 2 years.

  30. Daffy Buc Says:

    New regime had to watch tape of every player from every game of every snap. Ouch!! Must have had to run out to get fresh air, stench was overwhelming!! No wonder so many changes. New uniforms team picture will be almost new.

  31. coolbreeze Says:

    I love our susignings just hate we didn’t gt sum speed at wr because Mike Williams is too slow we ndspeed guys slow foot mfs

  32. MadMax Says:

    can still see Robinson, Matthews, or Lewan coming…..and thats if Mack and Watkins are gone.

  33. Rrsrq Says:

    Watkins in first if available, maybe trade back in first and grab Carr. I think with signings we have made, they would be willing to give up another pick to get the players they want in the draft, still in need of CB for depth

  34. JBFstalkingjohnnyfootBALLS Says:

    Cleveland O-line been awful for many years. Hell the team been awful for many years. They actually was better last season. If Hoyer didn’t get hurt they would’ve had a better record. Bucs offensive line coach George Warhop had him for one season. Maybe he saw something he could fix.

  35. Thomas Says:

    Here’s the deal- if Nicks is INJURED we have to pay him due to his contract. If he is HEALTHY and we cut him we don’t have to pay him. Look for him to be ‘healthy’ and then cut.

  36. Thomas Says:

    For this guy it boils down to the stats in Joe’s article. If he was bad they’d have pounded the QB, however he obviously was pretty good. You’d think if a guy comes in to replace a starter that the defense would make it a point of testing him. Nuff said! I like the hire!

  37. DallasBuc Says:

    Depth only. I still haven’t seen what we are doing to replace the void left from Davin.

  38. bornandRAYSed Says:

    The void left by Davin? We could put a scarecrow there to fill that void. He was awful, watch him play.

  39. SuperGobaby Says:

    Daffy…at least the entire squad will show up for it.

  40. Bucfan#37 Says:

    I expect a good showing and year from Mike Williams. He has shown the ability to be a game changer in the past. He will bounce back into being a crucial part of the offense.