Philadelphia Eagles v Oakland RaidersThe Buccaneers passed on overpaying for offensive linemen in free agency, and gladly watched the likes of some average players like guard Mike Iupati, tackle Bryan Bulaga and the versatile Orlando Franklin cash in on lucrative deals worth $7 million or more per year. Tampa Bay’s free agent plans this year include targeting more mid-tier players, believing that the talent discrepancy between a player like Franklin and Stefen Wisniewski, a versatile lineman from Oakland whom the Bucs are targeting, isn’t as big despite the fact that mid-tier free agents can be signed for millions less per year.

Wisniewski has played center in Oakland for the past three seasons, but was a standout guard at Penn State, and also played guard during his rookie season with the Raiders. The Bucs signed Evan Dietrich-Smith to play center last year and believe his play will be improved in his second year in Tampa Bay.

Where the Bucs need help is at right guard, where Patrick Omameh underwhelmed last year in his first season as a starter. That’s where Tampa Bay sees Wisniewski fitting in along the offensive line if he ends up signing with the Bucs. The fact that the 6-foot-4, 307-pound lineman is also well versed at center helps the Bucs tremendously and brings value to the team, but Tampa Bay plans on using him to fill the right guard spot.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Go get ’em! Should be a solid addition to the fellas tasked with protecting Mariota 😉

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  2. I think he’d be an upgrade at guard or center, so either way let’s make him our premier FA acquisition this year!

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  3. All in for Wisniewski….but what’s all this talk about EDS should be better in his second year???? Let’s be realistic, EDS is below average – it’s not like last year was his rookie year and he would have learned so much…what you see is what you get.

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  4. Would rather see EDS moved to guard. He was a lousy center last year.

    Don’t trust Lovie’s evaluation of talent, especially OL.

    What talent did he draft/sign for OL last year and who did he release?

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  5. I want them to sign a bunch of oline this offseason and then throw them against the wall to see who sticks.

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    • Buctebow,

      That’s the way you check to see if your spaghetti is done! Picture in my mind now of Gilkey and Cousins sliding down the wall. lol

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  6. I hope this is true because I’d like to see OT/C Cameron Erving in the 2nd round. Could be another Pouncey!

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  7. I’d think that Tampa got to get an OG and OT in FA.Go BUCS

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  8. Sign him and let him and EDS battle it out to see who fits better at which position. This would give us some flexibility on the OL as well

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