Josh Wells Completes O-Line’s Top-7 Return

March 26th, 2021

Bucs backup offensive tackle Josh Wells

One comical line from Bucco Bruce Arians last season came on his radio show after the Saints choked out the Bucs on Sunday Night Football in November.

Now-former Bucs offensive lineman Joe Haeg started for Ali Marpet at left guard in the brutal 38-3 loss. The Bucs were crushed early in the game and set a modern NFL record by attempting just four handoffs.

So consider those facts and Arians’ critique of Haeg, after using the word “poor” to describe play from the left side of his O-line. “Joe [Haeg], he was ok, until then once it got to known passing situations he struggled a little bit,” Arians said.

Joe had to laugh. Known passing situations? The Bucs were throwing all night!

The Bucs’ other reserve offensive lineman, however, stepped up big-time when needed last season. Aaron Stinnie shocked the world at right guard through the playoffs, his only four career starts. A.Q. Shipley was excellent. And Josh Wells (for the second consecutive year) was money when he started for Donovan Smith during the Bucs’ day-after-Christmas blowout at Detroit.

Yesterday, per NFL Network, 30-year-old Wells was rewarded with a new one-year contract, just like Stinnie got earlier this month.

So one more piece of the band is back together (albeit a second-chair trombone player).

Wells is yet another gem from the GM Jason Licht cupboard of offensive line acquisitions. A final-roster cut of the Jaguars in 2019, the Bucs signed Wells a week later.

16 Responses to “Josh Wells Completes O-Line’s Top-7 Return”

  1. Drunkinybor Says:

    Wells started the game a little shaky but he settled in and you never noticed him the rest of the game. Which is a compliment…

  2. Bucsfanman Says:

    You can NEVER have enough competent OL!

    Good depth signing.

  3. Fred mcneil Says:

    I like Wlls and Stinnie.
    I hates Haug. Glad how it worked out.

  4. Fred mcneil Says:


  5. Pa Privateer Says:

    This was a very important signing imo. Stimmie, Wells, and Shipley were very important cogs in the season. They obviously played a smaller role, but their contributions were by no means expendable. Welcome back!

  6. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    With Shipley retired and now a coach for the Bucs, I imagine Licht will be drafting a center, especially since Ryan Jensen is on his final year.

  7. SKBucsFan Says:

    I realize that Wells was a waiver signing, but this just solidifies why it’s important to keep adding depth. Llcht should only go DL/OL with his first nd or second pick every draft. Keep building the trenches and success will keep coming.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    A center in the 4th round would be OK…..

  9. Beeej Says:

    Haeg had a cool beard

  10. Allbuccedup Says:

    I can understand signing a Brown or a Fournette to a one year deal because of their past history. But you have Stinnie and Wells that provided excellent depth why not sign them to a 2 or 3 year contract?

  11. Pewter941 Says:

    The draft will be wide open for us.

  12. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Licht played OL himself. He LOVES OL and prides himself in scouting them.

    OL are to Licht what QB’s are to Chucky.

    Despite all the questions along the way I’ve never worried about Licht’s ability to build a solid OL.

  13. TheShaz Says:

    Depth – can’t live without it.

    What is a sure fire way to kill hopes for the 2021 season?


    If you dont have quality depth you are doomed.

  14. SOEbuc Says:

    Great sign. We got good returning depth on the oline. Does Haeg resign with the Bucs if he caught that TD? Injury prone Gronk and OJ Bucs might be interested in getting a good blocking TE late.

  15. ModHairKen Says:

    “Joe Haeg, he was okay, until he got in the game.”

  16. TOM Says:

    Another really good signing. Can’t have to much depth on OL