Donovan Smith And A Payday

October 31st, 2018


It wasn’t all ugly last Sunday in Cincinnati.

A week after playing an inconsistent game where he got worked over one too many times by Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, Bucs soon-to-be free agent and left tackle Donovan Smith rebounded and had a better game against the Bengals.

As seen on the video below, Smith tossed bodies around. Cool stuff.

If for some odd reason the Bucs decide to pass on America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, you better believe with that extra coin whoever will be the Bucs general manager come January will make it a priority to re-sign Smith. Left tackles, especially in the offensive line-crisis the NFL sees itself in, don’t grow on trees.

34 Responses to “Donovan Smith And A Payday”

  1. Dooshlarue Says:


  2. bucsfaninchina Says:

    lol as the RB runs over to support D Smith. Dude still sucks and giving him a payday will just be throwing good money after bad

  3. Not there yet Says:

    Oh yea few good plays get you a max contract in this town for sure. As long as he plays good the last fame of the season that’ll be enough to ignore all the other average games. Winning or being a pro bowler doesn’t really matter

  4. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Not really a big fan of Donavan Smith but I think he has yet to reach his potential. Would rather see him on the right side but he is not much of a run blocker. So far I think he is in the middle of the pack for a left tackle. Hopefully he is signed cap friendly vs. signed as a desperation.

  5. LakeLand Says:

    Atlanta Falcons Left Tackle, Jake Matthews signed a 5 year $72,500,000

    I guess Donovan will probably a little less or equal

  6. LakeLand Says:

    **Probably get**

  7. i love my OJ with crab legs Says:

    i thought the line did somewhat decent all day. You didn’t hear Geno atkins being called at all during the game.

  8. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Everytime Klueless puts “man without a country”JW in a bad situation by having his back to the dline and turning around…

    This nonsense takes too long and when JW turns around he is looking right into the arms of a defender

    Put him in shotgun (like Fitz is) so he can see the rush coming in and see the whole field”

    Kobe Faker

  9. 813bucboi Says:

    pay the man…..if not, watch the bucs draft the next Erick flowers…..


  10. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    I know that Donovan does miss plays here and there, but overall, he is definitely very solid and reliable. He is worthy of keeping here for a long term deal and probably capable of hitting a Pro Bowl or 2.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Unless you want to spend a first round pick on a LT and leave the right side weak, better to sign Smith….he is at the very least, competent.

  12. BigMacAttack Says:

    This is another joke. Mr I can’t play right tackle. Hit the road Jack

  13. Joe Blahak Says:

    for 2019:
    pay D.Smith, Alexander, Fitzpatrick, Griffin, Grimes, Humphries etc…AND cut the cord to the cancers: WinSTUNNED and McBOY

  14. TOM Says:

    Smith is a lazy underachiever. Same as he was in college but knowing the Bucs they will give him a big payday & live to regret it.

  15. zzbuc Says:

    pay ALexander and Humphries, get rid of Grimes Conte D Smith and trade JW and mc Coy….Lets wait and see with Fitz……..lets see whats available on the market, because I dont have big expectations on the draft on the QB position

  16. Architek Says:

    Man this guy is a C rated LT. stop playing games with these subpar small market players desperate for validation. He’s not good!

  17. got to be effing kidding me... Says:

    good video clip on Smith, but let’s not talk about the other side of the line on that play that completely released on #92 for a straight path to the QB…

  18. D-Rome Says:

    Smith played harder with Fitz in the lineup. It was very evident.

  19. Dooshlarue Says:

    I think everyone will play harder for Fitzmagic now that they’ve seen what the Soiled Messiah has to offer.

  20. Gambelero Says:

    To me, he’s average to below average in ability and definitely below average in effort and drive.

    Still I get Joe’s point that fans routinely underrate and scapegoat their team’s oline. We may have to grin and bear it. Nfl capable left tackles few and far between in the draft with a top 15 first round pick the minimum investment.

  21. Season Is Over Says:

    Was that a LB?

  22. Max Says:

    Oh wow…impressive. Just like Vita Vea pancake… just highlights on offplays, all we care about is when it matters.

  23. Pickgrin Says:

    Nice job Dotson – you let the DT run right past you untouched and he blows up the bootleg instantly. SMH

    Neither of our starting Tackles are playing good ball in 2018.

    Smith certainly is not making a very good case so far this year that he deserves to be paid a top contract.

    He’ll get paid – one way or another – one place or another. But how much is he worth? That’s the big question.

    Left Tackle is an expensive position when you are paying for a top 10 player.

    Top 10 LTs this year (contract wise) are making minimum $12M> up to $16M per year.

    #11>15 LTs (contract wise) make $10-11M per year.

    #16>20 LTs make $7-9M per year

    #21>25 LTs make $3-6M per year

    So which pricing group does Donovan Smith belong in? That is the multi-million dollar question.

    Smith and his agent of course will try to contend that Donovan belongs in the first group and likely have in mind holding out for a top 10 contract (4 year – $50M – half guaranteed – something in that range).

    Tape says Smith can be quite inconsistent. He’s certainly not “wowing” anyone so far in this – his contract year. Yet he’s had way more than his fair share of face palming moments in 2018…

    Realistically – Smith belongs in the 2nd to last tier at about $8 or $9M per year. His play so far in 2018 as well as the previous 3 years does not merit Top 15 pay.

    Its certainly debatable and Donovan enthusiasts will point out his durability (thus AVAILability) as a big plus (which is true).

    Will be interesting to see how this Smith contract situation plays out.

    IMO – if the Bucs wind up paying and guaranteeing Smith more than $10M per – they are paying too much and should look elsewhere for help at the position for less money. IE – Time to draft a Tackle in the 1st rd and roll forward with what you’ve got and put that $ towards the defense…

    Smith’s play does not merit $12-13M per year. Paying too much at an important position like that for less than “good”(much less great) play is a sure way to seriously screw up your quickly tightening salary cap situation.

    Just Sayin…

  24. TerryE25 Says:

    And Jameis still got sacked on that play…

  25. Destinjohnny Says:

    Average at best ????
    Or am I seeing it wrong?

  26. Doctor_berto Says:

    Wish we drafted Tunsil instead of the small, slow, annoyingly cocky Hargreaves

  27. Rod Munch Says:

    No no no, the public lynch mob demands Smith be ran out of town – so it must be so. Don’t know you know the public lynch mob is made up of former NFL players and scouts and coaches? What do you mean you thought it was all fat guys sitting at desks who struggle to read a bumper sticker and who yell at their radio – that’s nonsense. The public lynch mob has deemed Smith a failure, and so he is a failure.

  28. Brad Says:

    Great!!! He buried a LB!!!! He still sucks. We would waist our $ on him.

  29. GhostofSchiano Says:

    GMC ” Look Donovan, if you want a big payday do like I do and smile, always smile, help opposing players up and apologize to them after you knocked them down”

    Donovan ” Well, I got some phone calls last night from Swaggy and Sweezy and they said all I have to do is make a play or maybe two and I was in there for sure”

    GMC “take it from me, I got more Glazer loot than anyone ever has, just smile and smile and smile….Hey, you like ice cream?”

  30. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    HARD PASS, pay him that ave salart marpet stole from licht, just licht tells the joes someone is good doesnt make it so, as in d smith, jameis, barber, ryan smith, vh3, KAPPA haha, FA signeess, licht is MEH

  31. mickman Says:

    i just don’t see it. i like the guy as a person but as a player? Not worth what he may think he is worth.

  32. Destinjohnny Says:

    Islam by force…. is that a holloween thing ?

  33. Owlykat Says:

    Move him to RG where he belongs and draft a LT in the first round. Then Marpet will play LG where he has played best and try Liedtke at RT. Fire Warhop and get a decent OL Coach who can develop good backup players like Cappa. D. Smith is a below average LT and should not be paid more than he is worth. He is supposed to be playing his best in his contract year and he is not even improved from last year. 30 percent of the running plays this season our RB has been hit behind the line of scrimmage. That is the worst percentage in the NFL!!!

  34. adam from ny Says:

    we should refer to him as don smith….like john smith or john doe…

    if he gets this contract we can call him “don doe”…

    don smith is gonna sign a big extension and be called don dough $