Last offseason, the Bucs signed offensive lineman Evan Smith to a two-year extension worth $4 million after playing for the team three years prior. However, the 32-year-old did not start a single game in the pewter and red a year ago, and as the team has solidified their offensive line for the most part, Smith could be on his way out of Tampa Bay.
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Smith spent the first four years of his career in Green Bay with the Packers before coming to Tampa Bay in 2014. He has spent the last five years with the team, but his days as a Buccaneer might be limited. He has started 53 games in his career, 28 of those coming in the pewter and red.
It looks like the Buccaneers are looking to Caleb Benenoch as their swing offensive lineman, after moving him to tackle this offseason, and given the current depth of the Buccaneers offensive line, Smith looks to be the odd man out.
If Smith were to get cut by the Bucs, the team would have to eat no dead money, and would see a relief of $2 million on the cap. While there is uncertainty about how much cap space Tampa Bay currently holds as most of the details on the new deals have not been announced yet, it is still a razor thin margin.