December 11, 2011; Jacksonville FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackle Jeremy Trueblood (65) walks off the field after the Jacksonville Jaguars intercepted the ball during the second half at Jacksonville EverBank Field. The Jaguars won 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Trueblood Signs With Washington Redskins, E.J. Biggers May Return to Tampa Bay


The Buccaneers have seen their first free agent signed by another team, as right tackle Jeremy Trueblood was signed by the Washington Redskins this afternoon, as first reported by Jenna Laine on Twitter:

 

The Buccaneers demoted Trueblood last season, starting Demar Dotson at tackle instead. The move was a result of frustrations over injury and a decline in protection abilities, as Trueblood allowed the Panthers to get to Josh Freeman in week 1, and by week 2 he was sitting on the bench. He was completely unimpressive in 2011, allowing tons of pressure on the quarterback, and failing to live up to his impressive run blocking capabilities. Trueblood was a very large, very strong tackle who began to struggle with run blocking, and was never particularly great at pass blocking.

Jenna also reported that the Buccaneers are talking to E.J. Biggers about returning to Tampa Bay in 2013. I have previously talked about how I believe Biggers is underrated, and I believe this news is an encouraging sign that the Buccaneers are looking to bolster the defensive backfield at the right price. If you’re upset that Tampa Bay is interested in bringing back Biggers, trust that he’s not in the plans as a number one corner, and likely Tampa is one of the places that values him most, along with the Redskins and DB’s coach Raheem Morris.

 

This is a deal I believe would help the Bucs in 2013, as having depth at corner is important, as we saw in 2012. Biggers and Leonard Johnson would be excellent depth behind two new cornerbacks, and give the Buccaneers a stable secondary. So before you get upset because “Biggers is trash, yo,” just imagine if someone WORSE than Biggers was backing up our starting corners in 2013.

It’s been a slow news day, but we’ll keep you updated as new stories break.

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