According to ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates, the Bucs have restructured star guard Ali Marpet’s contract. The move added two void years to Marpet’s deal and created $4 million in cap space for 2021. In 2018, Marpet signed a five-year, $55-million extension that will keep him in Tampa Bay through the 2023 season.

This move by the Bucs front office will only increase speculation that Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman’s next stop could be in Tampa Bay. Following a Week 1 injury to Sean Murphy-Bunting, Bucs GM Jason Licht reached out to Sherman to gauge his situation. Sherman has remained un-signed since his contract expired in San Francisco this past offseason.

Marpet’s restructure will put the Bucs around the league average in cap space. The team’s only substantial injury loss has been Murphy-Bunting’s dislocated elbow, which landed the third-year corner on injured reserve. Outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul will miss Week 3 with a shoulder injury, but his absence isn’t expected to be long term.

As for Marpet, the 7-year guard has been a stabilizing force on Tampa Bay’s offensive line since being drafted in the second round in 2015. Shockingly, Marpet is still looking for his first Pro Bowl berth. The Hobart College product was on his way in 2020, but a concussion derailed his campaign around midseason. A great game against Aaron Donald on Sunday will go a long way toward getting Marpet to Las Vegas this year.

The Bucs travel to Los Angeles on Sunday to face the undefeated Rams in a 4:25 kickoff.

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27 days ago

This was expected after the Bucs admitted contacting Sherman. It would be great to get him on the roster as not just a player but as someone who can help teach the young DBs how to play.

27 days ago

This is much needed to get Sherman imo, even if SMB was back. Him and Dean are the only glaring weakness on this team. The jury is out on both being competent starters as far as I’m concerned. Too inconsistent. Our pass rush is better than average too and they should not still be struggling this much year 2 or 3 or whatever it is.

Reply to  fredster
27 days ago

This is why we should have gotten a DB in the second round instead of ordering that quarter pounder from Florida. What a useless pick.

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26 days ago


Reply to  scubog
26 days ago

Chinese Water Torture?

27 days ago

Yep, seems like this is really going to be a thing for Sherman. I’m guessing it’ll be announced on Tuesday next week. Don’t need any distraction before this huge game on Sunday! Go Bucs!

Reply to  bEubanks11
27 days ago

Hope not. No doubt we need help on DB, Sherman has lowed down a lot and will be a problem for coaching staff.