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March 21, 2012 @ 6:18 pm
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Bucs Sign OT Meredith

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Tampa Bay has signed free agent offensive tackle Jamon Meredith, PewterReport.com can comfirm. Meredith, who spent the 2011 season in Pittsburgh, is expected to compete at right tackle and also has the versatility to play guard in Tampa Bay.
PewterReport.com has confirmed that the Buccaneers have signed free agent offensive tackle Jamon Meredith. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Despite saying last week the Buccaneers were now focused on the NFL draft as opposed to adding more free agents, Tampa Bay has added Meredith.

Meredith played his college football at South Carolina after being recruited as a defensive end. Meredith made the switch to offensive line after being redshirted his freshman season.

Meredith was drafted in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers. In addition to his time with Green Bay, Meredith has had stints with the Bills, Lions, and Giants before joining the Steelers in September of 2011.

One of the main reasons why Meredith has been signed by the Buccaneers is likely due to new offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan having some familiarity with him from their time together in New York with the Giants in 2010. At 6-foot-5, 304 pounds, Meredith has the ability to play right tackle and the flexibility to play guard in the NFL.

As a journeyman, Meredith poses no real threat to take away Jeremy Trueblood’s starting job at right tackle. Instead, Meredith likely replaces free agent backup James Lee, who started nine games for Trueblood at right tackle in 2010. Lee was supposed to challenge Trueblood for the starting job in 2011, but played terribly in the preseason and was relegated to the bench. In his lone start in last year’s season finale at Atlanta, Lee gave up two sacks in the first half before being replaced by backup Demar Dotson in the second quarter.
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    I say Excellance Choice. Now Lets get Trueblood out of Tampa Bay Scheme.GO BUCS
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    Bucs could sign and release ten of these guys before settling ...
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    I had really hoped the Bucs would pick up an experienced backup tackle in free agency. There needs to be plenty of pressure to push Trueblood to play his best. I am pleased with the signing of Meredith. Moreover, should Demar Dotson not beat out Trueblood this year, he may be needed to play some TE this year like he did very well last year in a blocking capacity. Being an ex-basketball player and with his good height, he might be able to get better in being a pass receiver too. Should all that happen, another versatile, experienced Tackle like Meredith is needed on the roster just in case Trueblood should get hurt like he did year before last. Meredith has to be a lot better than Lee was last year. Our Offensive Line is set now.
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    Don't know anything about this guy except that he is now on his sixth team in four years. I wish he was as good as his agent.
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    I thought that name sounded familiar. I remember evaluating him when he played at SC. I loved his speed and tenacity but he didn't look very strong to me. I haven't seen him play since then so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. It's not like we don't desperately need a backup OT.
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    A Hillcrest High School Ram (Simpsonville S.C)! My old Alma Mater and team! :) I guess I need to buy a new jersey now.
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