Jeremy Trueblood was placed on IR Tuesday, calling into question his future with the franchise. Before last season Trueblood signed a two year deal worth $10 million but he can really thank his buddy Davin Joseph for that money as those with the Bucs will tell you he’s hardly earned that fat stack of cash.
Joseph said lobbied at the time that he would not sign with the Bucs for their asking price if Trueblood wasn’t also retained. The Bucs obliged but clearly this was a case where you go to Best Buy to purchase a Playstation and they force Extreme Beach Volleyball 2 on you as a result. You want the Playstation, and hey, the game comes with it and you can always sell it.
The Bucs are selling Extreme Beach Volleyball 2, but they’re placing it on IR first.
Tampa may be open to bringing Trueblood back, but it will be for far, far less than the $5 million he got for each of the last two seasons. Further proof of his time in Tampa being limited was how quickly and suddenly he lost the starting job to Demar Dotson who has held the position all season long and has grown into the role on a suspect line that has managed to hold up.
If the Bucs offered Trueblood a deal, he’d likely refuse it to test the market, but the Bucs won’t even do that. Trueblood is an unrestricted free agent after this season and will probably get a starting offer somewhere in the NFL with a tam that is desperate for an upgrade at right tackle.
He’s not an awful tackle, but the Bucs clearly want to move in a new direction, and they’ve seemingly given up hope on the former second round pick from Boston College.