The Buccaneers have released left guard Keydrick Vincent and promoted tackle Will Barker. Vincent was waived and was not waived/injured. General Manager Mark Dominik said the development of their young offensive linemen led to Vincent's release.
“Why would we release Keydrick? For us, (Ted) Larsen played OK. Certainly he had his hiccups in the game, but he did play well,” said Dominik. “We are encouraged by where Faine’s progress is going, which will give us some depth again. Much like LeGarrette (Blount) or some of the other players that we brought in later, the young guys that we have like Larsen, Barker, and (Brandon) Carter on the practice squad have got the system down and are comfortable with the system.”
Vincent, 32, signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal late in free agency in the offseason. He beat out Jeremy Zuttah in the preseason for the starting left guard spot. Prior to joining the Bucs, Vincent played for the Panthers, the Cardinals, the Ravens, and the Steelers. He played high school football locally in Lakeland, FL.
Barker, who played his college ball at Virginia, was signed as a rookie free agent. The 6-foot-7, 315-pound Barker came into the league with the Dallas Cowboys before joining the Bucs in September.
"It's definitely exciting. It's what you are always trying to do," said Barker. "I think since I have come here that I have come a long way. It's a great team and great organization. It's also a good system and there are good guys to go up against everyday."
Dominik also said the team will be without starting right tackle Jeremy Trueblood against Arizona, and Barker was needed for the 53-man roster. Dominik said center Jeff Faine is getting closer to coming back, and that there is hope he can return for the game against Atlanta on November 7th. When Faine does return current center Jeremy Zuttah would likely move over to left guard. If that happens, Larsen would then be the backup at center and guard.
"Zuttah is playing really well right now," said Dominik. "He is playing better and better each week in what we are asking him to do, not only at center, but also at guard. It's part of the long-term planning of this football team. We also like these long guys on the practice squad and we don't want to lose them. Once you bring them up and back down, you expose them to the (waiver) wire again, and you really would rather that they not get claimed and that you keep the work that you put into them."
- Charlie Campbell and Wolf Heard contributed to this article