Tampa Bay Buccaneers send Davin Joseph packing

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The first round pick by the team in 2006 is no longer aboard the ship in Tampa Bay.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released guard Davin Joseph, saving Tampa Bay some money on the salary cap with his release after failed attempts at a trade. Prior to the 2011 season. Joseph and the Buccaneers agreed on a 7 year, $52.5 million contract that, at the time, tagged Joseph as the franchise guard to lead the trenches for years to come.

Since the signing. It’s been all but smooth sailing as Joseph encountered injuries, struggles on the field and ultimately the release of the 30 year old veteran, who now embarks on free agency. “Free agency will be a new adventure for me.” “Their house, their rules,” Joseph told the Tampa Tribune.

Well, the rent is up for Joseph in this house, who spent his entire 8 year career with the Buccaneers. Starting 99 games and making two pro bowls. So where to go from here? While cutting Joseph was some what of an expected move after the Buccaneers failed to trade him. General manager Jason Licht and new head coach Lovie Smith clearly will need to target offensive linemen in free agency.

The trenches need improvement in Tampa Bay and names like Geoff Schwartz, Zane Beadles or Jon Asamoah could be sought after by the Buccaneers. While Broncos guard Zane Beadles may seem overrated simply because Manning is the man he blocks for, and the difference between Manning and Glennon, or anyone else for that matter, is night and day.

Schwartz and Asamoah are both solid pick ups coming into their prime. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where both stay in Kansas City with also tackle Branden Albert needing a new contract. Schwartz will be the top priority, leaving Asamoah available for ready teams to pounce. But again, regardless of what KC does. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where at least one of them isn’t available.

For Joseph, it may not get easier for him trying to find a team. With the injury liability along with his disastrous season. Pro Football Focus ranked him the second worst guard in the league last year.