The Tampa Bay Buccaneers proved on Saturday that the NFL is a business, as they moved on from a tenured veteran who garnered a lot of respect from his teammates and the community.
Right guard Davin Joseph, who was set to make $6 million in 2014, was let go on Saturday, according to the Tampa Bay Times‘ Rick Stroud.
Joseph had a very disappointing 2013 season, as he never seemed to get back to his usual form after a severe knee injury in 2012. The Buccaneers reportedly attempted to trade him, hoping that another team would bank on his Pro Bowl past, but after no deals were reached, the Buccaneers released the former Oklahoma guard.
The two-time Pro Bowler had no guaranteed money left on his contract, so the Buccaneers have no dead money against the cap after letting him go. As Greg Auman of the Times reported on Twitter, this means the Buccaneers have increased their buying power this offseason.
By releasing Joseph, Bucs now have about $24.1 million under salary cap. Jump from 15th-most space to 11th, per numbers from @jason_otc.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) March 8, 2014
However, it also increases the need along the offensive line, where Jeremy Zuttah and Demar Dotson are the only starters who enter the 2014 league year with little to no questions about their future with the team.
Guard Carl Nicks has lingering injury issues and left tackle Donald Penn has been rumored to be on his way out of town with multiple left tackles being linked to the Buccaneers so far this offseason.
However, the Buccaneers will have the cap room and draft assets to fix the offensive line, but Jason Licht and his team must balance the needs in the trenches against the other needs the team has heading into the free agency and draft period.