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Bucs cut ties with veteran guard Davin Joseph

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All the teams lining up to talk to free agents have an extra name to add to their list, one who could be signed immediately.

Theoretically, anyway.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers have released veteran guard Davin Joseph.

The Bucs had reportedly shopped him in trade, but the combination of his age (30), injury (coming off knee surgery) and cost ($6 million base salary) made that unlikely. Coming off a staph infection (even if it wasn’t MRSA)

Now the Bucs have quite a rebuild to do up front, as there’s no certainty about the condition of Carl Nicks.

While Joseph struggled last year, his track record should earn him a look elsewhere, especially if he can pass a physical and convince teams last year’s struggles were health related.

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23 Responses to “Bucs cut ties with veteran guard Davin Joseph”
  1. thepftpoet says: Mar 8, 2014 12:52 PM

    Well he’s no Brand Fusco.

    The Minnesota Vikings have the best Offensive Line in the NFL.

    #Skol

  2. bucrightoff says: Mar 8, 2014 12:53 PM

    Bucs making the tough but right call here. Line was not very good last year and must get younger. First rounder has to be one of the lines, pass rush was also awful last year.

  3. terraj35 says: Mar 8, 2014 12:57 PM

    No certainty Donald Penn is there either. Most overpaid LT in the league

  4. bucsmightbegood says: Mar 8, 2014 1:04 PM

    Good luck, Davin!

    He should find another job, at a lesser price. The Bucs are doing the right thing, as former GM Mark Dominick’s strategy was to NOT draft O-Linemen.

    Lovie and Licht must right the ship.

  5. gt40bear says: Mar 8, 2014 1:13 PM

    Bucs fans have seen this coming. Never played up to the contract and could never consistently stay healthy. Great guy, good in the locker room. Hope the best for him. Wouldn’t rule out resigning at lower price but time to turn the page.

  6. keifer1751 says: Mar 8, 2014 1:19 PM

    Very tough decision for the Bucs. Davin has been very good for a long time. We have 3 great running backs and a strong young quarterback but they won’t be effective without the big guys doing the work in front of them. Davin will have a job this week. I hope the Bucs can fill his spot that quickly.

  7. 305phinphan says: Mar 8, 2014 1:22 PM

    Dolphins could use a veteran guard and it just so happens their new GM has ties to the Bucs.

  8. ariani1985 says: Mar 8, 2014 1:28 PM

    Come to green bay and replace the long haired sissies they have.

  9. albundy4tds1game says: Mar 8, 2014 1:32 PM

    Penn will be fine

  10. alongthegulf says: Mar 8, 2014 1:36 PM

    It’s no secret the Bucs OL was terrible last year. They had trouble opening holes for the RB’s. When it was obvious passing situation, the OL couldn’t protect our QB. The Bucs need a wide receiver capable of stretching defenses, and the pass rush wasn’t our strongest suite last year. I think cutting Joseph signals the Bucs will be drafting an OL with the first pick.

  11. mikeyone7 says: Mar 8, 2014 1:41 PM

    5 targets should be on the Bucs radar. Devin Hester or Darren Sproles, Eugene Monroe, Rodger Saffold and Jared Allen.

  12. nflgreedleague says: Mar 8, 2014 1:45 PM

    If Miami doesn’t take a look at this guy then that’s a red flag.

  13. realfootballfan says: Mar 8, 2014 1:55 PM

    Finally? For some reason, Dominic was in love with him although he’s not that good.

  14. cutlers05 says: Mar 8, 2014 1:57 PM

    Thanks for the years of service D.J. Sad to see you go but it was time. Good luck with the rest of your NFL career.

  15. andreboy1 says: Mar 8, 2014 2:12 PM

    Come to the niners and you can be our 7th lineman while bringing donuts for the entire line EVERYDAY. If you prove your worth you might start for us when we dump Iupati.

    You would feel grateful to even put on the legendary uniform and follow a great general into battle like Jim Harbaugh.

    Get the rotten sewer stench of the Bucs off of your career and come join a dynasty.

    We’ll pay you the vet minimum and you’ll be grateful.

  16. bucnblood says: Mar 8, 2014 2:27 PM

    Good luck Davin. Thanks for all you did as a Buc.

  17. mikeyone7 says: Mar 8, 2014 2:47 PM

    Davin Joseph is a class act! Best of luck!

  18. chilomane says: Mar 8, 2014 3:02 PM

    He got out of having to play in those hideous unis.

  19. bucfanforlife says: Mar 8, 2014 3:27 PM

    the guy really overall was not worth a first round pick, was mostly average for a gurad

  20. petedutcherjr says: Mar 8, 2014 4:08 PM

    This doesn’t mean they will use their forst pick on a guard. Better hope not. Lovie Smith sucks at drafting Oline in the first round.

    They could fill it in Free Agency or later in the draft.

  21. bringbucsback says: Mar 8, 2014 4:10 PM

    Does he have a career threatening injury? If not, I don’t like this release. He has one bad year, a year in which he was injured, out of seven and he’s too old at 30? He was our best o-lineman before last season and one of the best guards in the league and now he can’t make the team?
    If he returns to playing, which he probably will, won’t he still be that mean mauler in the middle? This creates even another hole on a team with many.
    Money is always the matter. Revis BETTER return to lockdown-form this year! I didn’t like that trade a year ago, and we’re going to like it less as time and players go by (bye)!
    Thanks for your play D.J., appreciate it! Good health!

  22. rippa941 says: Mar 8, 2014 5:43 PM

    Bring bucs back..last time i checked revis was ranked #2 inthe NFL as a corner by PFF behind sherman. Also ourbpass defense went from 32nd… it wouldve 33rd if there was 33 teams, to 16th last year. But lemme guess, revis didnt have anything to do with that. Tampa fans begged and pleaded to spend money. And now money is being spent, you are begging and pleading to save money. Or “spend wisely”. Tampa needs revis, even if it is at 16mil.

  23. bringbucsback says: Mar 9, 2014 8:34 PM

    rippa- Of coarse Revis improved our defense last year and I expect him to be better/healthier this year. However, do you honestly think that PFF’s ranking (or pro-bowl selection for that matter) was based on his play in ’13 or a carry-over from his pre-injury play? I saw more that one corner out-play him last year.
    Where was the sense in paying him $6 mil. a year MORE than the next highest paid corner?
    As a reminder, in the ’13 draft, the 1st rd. pick that Revis cost us, would have given us a shot at Star L. (Panthers), who would have looked really nice next to #93 for the next 6-8 years. In ’13 FA, they passed on B. Grimes (who outplayed Revis last yr.) and other starting-caliber corners, who all would have been signed for 1/3 of Revis’ salary. We failed to sign Bennett (even tho I honestly believe he wouldn’t have resign, regardless) or another FA DE. Revis also cost us this years’ 3rd round pick, and probable starter(who will have a 2nd round grade), in a draft that everyone agrees is the deepest EVER.
    The question that will linger, as long as Revis is with the Bucs: Is Revis better than 5-6 (maybe more, see Joseph release) starters? Personally, I don’t.
    The previous regime chose to build the D from the back-forward. No one else agrees with this approach. Certainly not Lovie.
    Next season may be Revis’ last if he doesn’t restructure. What has history taught us about Revis & restructures?
    Then, there will probably be little wonder if $1 mil. per game to rent a DB for two years is “spending wisely” or if Revis >=<6 players?

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