This offseason will see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive line revamped ahead of Lovie Smith and Jeff Tedford’s first season in charge of the offense in 2014. The front five for the Bucs just weren’t good enough in 2013, and there figure to be a handful of changes to ensure depth and improve starters.
One of the positions most likely to see change is right guard, where former Pro Bowler Davin Joseph has been the starter since he entered the league. Davin had a horrible season in 2013, and his contract is among the highest at his position while his play is among the worst.
But that’s not stopping his name from popping up in trade rumors, at least according to Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report.
According to Pompei (who also makes a passing remark about Darrelle Revis being traded, you can read my thoughts on that by clicking here), Joseph “could be had” by trade. He cites other teams as his sources, meaning Joseph is either being shopped, or teams are actively interested in pursuing a highly paid player under a new GM.
Either way, this situation is completely unlike the Darrelle Revis trade rumors, as Joseph is not an elite player and any trade value the Bucs can get for the guard should be taken at the first opportunity. His contract doesn’t reflect his skill level, and his age and injury history are working against any potential of improvement over the next couple of seasons.
The Buccaneers do need a right guard for next season, but free agency and the draft should present opportunities to fill this need on offense. In the mean time, Jason Licht and his front office should be listening to and accepting any offer they receive for Davin Joseph, and using his salary cap space to continue to rebuild the offense.