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March 16, 2014 @ 12:39 pm
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Bucs Add More Offensive Line Help; Sign Cousins

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Tampa Bay has been one of the most active teams in free agency so far this year and didn't let the weekend get in the way of adding players as it was reported the Bucs signed former Browns guard Oniel Cousins to a new deal.
The free agency frenzy that began last Tuesday afternoon had mostly turned into a crawl for the Buccaneers since Friday, but just when you thought Lovie Smith and Jason Licht were catching up on sleep this weekend, it was announced on Sunday that the duo were still in their One Buc laboratory dialing agents and working out deals.

With the addition of Cleveland free agent Oniel Cousins it is clear that Smith and Licht’s priority coming into the offseason was to completely rework the offensive line.

Since last weekend the Buccaneers released offensive line starters Davin Joseph and Donald Penn, signed Anthony Collins, Evan Dietrich-Smith and Cousins, in addition to re-signing their own free agent guard Jamon Meredith.

Cousins was a third-round draft picks by the Baltimore Ravens out of Texas El-Paso in 2008 and spent the last three seasons with the Browns as a part-time starter at guard. Over his six year career, Cousins has appeared in 59 games with none starts, including four last year in Cleveland. New Bucs offensive line coach George Warhop coached in Cleveland last year and obviously was familiar with Cousins.


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    Tampa bay has made Bigs Splashes in the FA market and Revamp this TB Line.I can't wait to see after the draft what this team will looked like and howmany starters will come from this bunch of free agents. How about a new speedy WR to join the club and shipped out williams for a draft choice-Go Bucs George Hicks
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    I'm telling you guys cousins is a gem we are going to be happy we signed him, but Collins is going to be awesome for us
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    That's not holding. That's hands to the face on the defender.
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    I like how his feature pic is one of him holding Hahaha
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    Maccabee, not sure I want penn back even at a reduced salary. I keyed off him in most games last year and, in addition to not being able to control his weight (which robbed him of any stamina) there seemed to me to be something intangible, like desire, that he has lost. It is a true shame cause he could have been a real superstar... I was always rooting for him, but I think his time is over.
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    tjhuth, my suggestion that it may be possible for Penn to return falls into the category of all things possible. I will concede that it is highly unlikely. Maybe after a year, Joseph's knee has improved to the point where he can play in rotation. Maybe Penn has dropped weight and could play inside. The Bucs made their decisions for a reason and I trust their experience in evaluating personnel. And you may be right, sometimes it is better to just move on.
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    Bucs just signed Dane Fletcher LB from N.E..
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    My thoughts are, can't wait to see what wheeling, and dealing they might do. I'm sure they want as many picks as they can get.
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    I think a scenario that Dallas trades up to 7th to pick up Khaill Mack to replace OLB Ware. Then we could draft QB Carr at 16th and pick up an extra 2nd and 4th round pick for a WR, TE, OLB, OL and DL. Also this would be perfect, if N.E. then trades up to 16th for Louis Nix III to replace Vince Wilfork at DT. That would give us 29th in 1st round to draft QB Carr and THREE 2nd rounders. We would have to give N.E. our 4th round to do this, but three 2nds would rock in this deep draft. The one problem that would arise in both trade downs is if Arizona (which could use a QB) would draft QB Carr. That's the only team that could ruin that second trade down scenario. Thoughts?
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    well said macabee !!
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    Trust in LI-LO has to be better then trust in Dumnik and Schiano. Not everyone can be top of the line players that's where the last regime went wrong, no depth. The new regime cannot fix everything in one year. We were a 4-12 team with no depth and major holes to fill. We have a long way to go yet, draft, cut from other teams and undrafted FA. I believe Licht is a better scout ( meat head ) then Dominik and Hickey put together. If we go 8-8 it would be a great first year for the Buc's under the LI-LO regime.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYiCIi1_kB0 John Harbaugh doesn't say anything negative about him. Said it was more salary cap move.
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    He seems to be a project . . . was a project/still is a project; I doubt he beats out Meredith for a backup position. Are the Bucs that thin at oline?
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    Don’t panic. Everybody can’t be a starter. Warhop knows this guy and what to expect from him. Then too we’ve got to let Penn and Joseph test the market and get past their egos a little bit. It’s not impossible we could see one or both back if they don’t catch on somewhere. I know sight unseen, both are superior to Cousins. This is a no impact signing and won’t cost anything if he is cut before game day week one.
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