Not that any Buccaneers fan should have needed to see the happenings this offseason to know that Bradley Pinion is going to be off the team, but here it is.
It’s never easy to say goodbye to a player that has been such a big part of your team during a few years of major relevance. No Buccaneers fan should ever forget what Bradley Pinion brought to the Bucs during his time playing and leading as a captain.
With all of that being said, it is nearing time for Bucs fans to finally say goodbye to Pinion after what we have seen this offseason.
While not showing up to voluntary OTAs is not a major indictment against most veteran players, it does start to look worse when your job is obviously on the line with a new fourth-round pick on the roster at the position.
To make matters worse, many Bucs veterans were showing up at these voluntary workouts to get as much time as possible in with new head coach Todd Bowles before mandatory minicamp began, so Pinion not showing up here was probably the first hint that even he knew what was coming.
To further the obvious, when the Bucs had a chance to finally get most of the team together on the field during mandatory minicamp, Jake Camarda and obvious camp body Sterling Hofrichter were the ones taking the reps with Pinion looking on from the sideline.
The Bucs know the future, Pinion knows it, and it is time to terminate this relationship to give both sides the time to make the best subsequent moves.
Pinion should get a chance with a different team, and the Bucs holding onto him is only minimizing that chance.
With Bradley Pinion seemingly-resigned to his fate and the Bucs in firm agreement with the writing on the wall, this is still one of the easiest cuts for Tampa to make, and it needs to come as soon as possible.
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