I feel like a freaking genius after my post recapping the big Carl Nicks signing, because I also had one of those weird “Let’s think about this in terms of an actual plan” moments; that random musing came true. You see, I basically thought that the Bucs were never going to prioritize a mediocre guard and give him a four-year deal. And then, this is where it starts to make sense, give big money to another guard when the team already has two guards under long deals. Since Zuttah is a better center than guard, I predicted that it was the reason why the Bucs valued him so much; they were going to move him to center and release the ineffective and overpaid Jeff Faine. They did.
After signing three free agents to huge deals, with the Eric Wright deal being gross overpay, the Bucs needed to clear something up. After all, they still need some big help a linebacker, a new RT, and another addition to the secondary. Maybe. But this team clearly needs at least one linebacker, most likely dynamic run-stopper Curtis Lofton, and a right tackle. Unless if they want to give Jeremy Trueblood one more chance to regain his 2008 form, which is highly unlikely. But hey, I doubt they add an RT anyway.
In any case, the Bucs have cleared $6 million in cap space and got better in the process. Sure they lost a player, but they gained money (let’s not forget their future gains from shedding Faine’s contract) and didn’t have a place for him. He would have been the most expensive back-up lineman in the league, and that’s something no team wants on their hands.
It was the obvious decision, and it shows that the Bucs- gasp- actually have a plan in place under their new regime. Credit the Bucs for being aggressive, even if it led to that quizzical Eazy-E deal (yes, I will keep calling him that). Greg Schiano is going to install a power running game with LeGarrett Blount, but expect them to add a No. 2 back to compliment him.
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