The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ new front office, led by Jason Licht and Lovie Smith, may not be done shifting and changing the roster quite yet, according to a report that surfaced Sunday evening.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported via Twitter that the Bucs would consider offers for center/guard Jeremy Zuttah, but would keep him if no deal presents itself.
This makes Zuttah unlike Donald Penn, Davin Joseph, and Darrelle Revis, who were not traded because other teams knew they’d be released if no trade partner was found. As La Canfora mentions, the Buccaneers still value Zuttah and his flexibility, but would consider moving him to finish revamping the offensive line for new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford.
As of now, the Buccaneers would be wise to keep Zuttah, as he provides flexibility to cover for the uncertain future of Carl Nicks, who the Bucs hope will be back on the field this season. But if the team plans to sign another starting caliber interior lineman, and have their eyes on draft choices to provide depth at that position as well, a trade that brings in a decent draft pick and dumps the salary of a well-paid veteran could be a good value move.
There’s no reason to get rid of Zuttah, but there’s also no reason to keep him if a team in need of linemen offers a premium pick for a replaceable player. Look for Jason Licht to work the phones up until the draft to see what sort of value he can get for the Rutgers product and veteran Buccaneer.