The Bucs are re-signing veteran tackle Josh Wells to a one-year contract worth a veteran minimum salary of $910,000, per Greg Auman of The Athletic.

Wells, who originally signed with Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent in 2014, spent four years with the Jaguars before signing with Tampa Bay in 2019. Last season Wells played in 13 games, starting two for the Bucs.

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danielob
danielob(@danielob)
1 year ago

Thought I might see a ” Bucs re-sign Damar Dotson” headline, but I guess that ship has sailed. Too bad, he put his years in battling in the trenches and never saw a playoff team, looks like he will miss out when we make it this year.

NC Greenbeard
NC Greenbeard(@nc-greenbeard)
Reply to  danielob
1 year ago

Hate it for him as I remember cheering for Dot as a UDFA. But this is probably the better move to make for the team right now. Getting younger and cheaper. Salary cap is already tight and Dotson struggled last year.

FLBoy84
FLBoy84(@flboy84)
1 year ago

Curious how the battles are set up this off-season. Possible Haeg challenges Cappa for the RG spot with Wirfs and Wells going at it at RT. Might even see Wirfs compete w/ Cappa for RG with the Haeg/Wells winner taking RT. Likely though Wirfs is given the RT spot and Haeg/Cappa winner is the RG. Should be fun to watch regardless.

NaplesFan2.0
NaplesFan2.0(@firelichtmovement)
Reply to  FLBoy84
1 year ago

The running game should have some fantastic blocking this year. The Gronk addition will ease Wirfs transition to the pros. Rojo has zero excuses this year.

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
Reply to  FLBoy84
1 year ago

Definitely will be interesting but Wells probably won’t be challenging for a starting spot. He provides depth at least with a year under his belt in this offense and playing in 13 games helps a lot. He was a liability while starting last year though. I feel like Wirfs should get a shot at RT with Haeg battling Cappa and Wirfs. If Haeg beats out Wirfs due to experience then maybe they start Wirfs at RG to get him experience and see if he can push out to RT. I’d rather see Wirfs lock down RT though to keep the… Read more »

NaplesFan2.0
NaplesFan2.0(@firelichtmovement)
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

Definetely just a depth signing in Wells. I was more talking about the potential of our starting 5 o lineman. Brady is a normally quick (and good) decision maker. On passing downs, having one of the best blocking tight ends in NFL history chipping an end and then running a route will help Wirfs. I like Wirfs at RT just as the Bucs do, as we all know he’s athletic enough. There will be some growing pains, as with all rookie linemen, but I think he can make a real difference in the running game day one. He just needs… Read more »

AlbJack65
AlbJack65(@albjack65)
Reply to  NaplesFan2.0
1 year ago

Why do you say that 2021 will be a strong O-line draft?

NaplesFan2.0
NaplesFan2.0(@firelichtmovement)
Reply to  AlbJack65
1 year ago

Penei Sewell, Walker Little and Alex Leatherwood are all projected highly in the draft for 2021,for whatever that’s worth at this stage, lol. Little would have been a first rounder this year, had he not gotten injured and returned for his senior year. We have a highly paid center and left side of the offensive line. It would make sense to get younger and maybe get a guy with a higher ceiling than Donovan Smith, and the same can be said for Jensen. The money would be spent better on resigning the 2 All Pros next year.

FLBoy84
FLBoy84(@flboy84)
Reply to  NaplesFan2.0
1 year ago

Smith, Jensen and Cappa up for renewal after next season, 15 starters in total over the next two years. Still have a ways to go to find quality depth to replace some of them.

NaplesFan2.0
NaplesFan2.0(@firelichtmovement)
Reply to  AlbJack65
1 year ago

Cade Mays Creed Humphrey Sam Cosmi Trey Smith… all strong lineman.. interior and tackles

FLBoy84
FLBoy84(@flboy84)
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

Just hoping they put the 5 best guys out there and let them play. If Haeg proves more talented than Cappa, he should get the starts. Just don’t want to see anymore of the Cappa/Benenoch shuffle we had going on a couple of seasons ago. That did no one any good.

AlbJack65
AlbJack65(@albjack65)
Reply to  FLBoy84
1 year ago

Don’t you think that Cappa showed significant improvement in his second year?

FLBoy84
FLBoy84(@flboy84)
Reply to  AlbJack65
1 year ago

He did show improvement from his first to his second year, but he really couldn’t have played much worse in Yr 1 and he was still our lowest rated starter in Yr 2 by a fairly large margin. Not saying he won’t be the starter, but it’s not a lock by any means. Having an abbreviated off-season plays in his favor though for sure.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  FLBoy84
1 year ago

Hey FLBoy! Me too by the way. Tampa more exact! Anyway, do u think there is any chance for a Brady effect on the OLine this year? I think there could be just a tick more motivation from the OLine this year knowing ur blocking for the GOAT! In fact, I was hoping this effect would have an impact on D. Smith in hopes that he becomes more consistent and steps up his game. Well that… and knowing that there is a possibility that the team just drafted ur potential replacement If need be.

FLBoy84
FLBoy84(@flboy84)
Reply to  bucballer
1 year ago

What’s up bb lol. That’s always a tough question isn’t it. Would prob say yes and no. No, in that Smith will always be prone to getting beat with speed and inside counter moves because of his limitations, and he’s still likely to go to the Bahamas during games on occasion as well. Do think Brady will cause them to be shorter and less frequent trips than in the past though. And yes, in that Brady’s rush awareness/ability to diagnose defenses and get the ball out quickly will likely help the sack numbers of everyone on the OL, even though… Read more »

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  FLBoy84
1 year ago

FLBboy. Couldn’t agree more dude

AlbJack65
AlbJack65(@albjack65)
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

Why do you feel Cappa won’t continue his improvement as RG and may be replaced by a lineman we signed to be a backup?

FLBoy84
FLBoy84(@flboy84)
Reply to  AlbJack65
1 year ago

Another question might be why do you consider a 4-year OL’man who has played in 55 games with 35 starts, and been a backup for 2 years on one of the best OL’s in the league, an automatic backup here in Tampa? The fact that Cappa beat out Benenoch, Stinnie and Watford doesn’t really say much for him. Hoping he continues to improve, but just want the 5 best guys to start. Could care less what the names on the jerseys are.

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  FLBoy84
1 year ago

Seriously FLBoy. Haeg isn’t “just a backup”. He was the next man up on one of the 3 best lines in football. And he was a solid starter before he got hurt and lost his job because his replacement was playing lights out. I would immediately consider him our 3rd best OLineman, without knowing how Wirfs will turn out. If Cappa doesn’t improve this year, or an injury strikes, Haeg is above average and a solid replacement

Wayne Hilton
Wayne Hilton(@deuce22)
1 year ago

With no OTA ‘s and a limited training camp I can see Wirf s only getting playing time at RT this year

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
1 year ago

Wirfs will be a starter on the right side. Most likely right tackle.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
1 year ago

Smart move. Gives Wirfs time to learn the game in a redshirt season.

AlbJack65
AlbJack65(@albjack65)
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Red shirt season?

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
Reply to  AlbJack65
1 year ago

DJ Humphries was a BA 1st round pick. Inactive all 16 games: Coaches decision.

Coach BA has said many times it takes a season for offensive linemen to get adapted to pro game. Not enough practice time with contact. No 2-a-days. He didn’t want Palmer getting hurt so he redshirted DJ.

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Even if he wants to, I don’t think he will now. Especially since he traded up 1 pick to get him. If he ever sat him out this season, after trading up 1 spot, and losing our 4th, there will be a ton of angry Bucs fans

AlbJack65
AlbJack65(@albjack65)
1 year ago

I would like to have seen Big Dot retained as depth and a veteran presence. That cat has been a loyal trench warrior Buc for a long time. Another undrafted free agent who proved that players coming from non-power 5 conferences can play in the NFL.

76bucsfan46
76bucsfan46(@76bucsfan46)
Reply to  AlbJack65
1 year ago

I thought Dot was from conference USA at Southern Miss, been a great run for him.

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0(@alldaway)
1 year ago

This is a good re-signing. Well will provides nice depth at OT which just leaves interior OL that could be addressed for depth as well.

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
1 year ago

Wells was signed as backup and played LT last year for a couple of series last year for Don Smith and it wasn’t pretty. If Wirfs isn’t starting the first game of the season then Licht has blown another No 1 pick. Except for maybe a QB chosen first in the later rounds, you don’t spend a first round pick on him to ride the pines. You also don’t waste a first round pick on a RT and then move him to guard. Well, you don’t unless he is a big disappointment and your GM screwed up another No. 1… Read more »

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  drdneast
1 year ago

I agree drdneast! But u know what? It is possible that if Wirfs turns out to be a beast, as I think he will be, then u can possibly move him over to LT to replace Smith if Smith’s play spirals down and his contract doesn’t have any more guaranteed money next year!

FLBoy84
FLBoy84(@flboy84)
Reply to  drdneast
1 year ago

Understand your point, but if Wirfs turned out to be a mediocre OT, however developed into a Quenton Nelson type All-Pro G, how do you NOT consider that a win? Many scouts, Daniel Jeremiah for one as an example, saw Wirfs as a G coming out. Personally could care less if he was initially projected at another position as long as he develops. Would kill to have a “Nelson” opposite Marpet for the next 7-8 years.

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  drdneast
1 year ago

Drd, totally agree. And we didn’t just take him in the 1st round. We traded up 1 pick, and gave away our 4th. So yeah he needs to start day 1

The Freeman
The Freeman(@the-freeman)
1 year ago

they like Seaton so much that they re-sign Wells!
Wells sucks!!! (4 penalties and 3 sacks allowed/203 snaps)
did they watch his 2 games when Dotson (wk 6) and Smith (wk 15) were hurt? AWFUL, TRASH, HORRIBLE, ATROCIOUS…

if we lose Smith, call an ambulance for Brady too!

FLBoy84
FLBoy84(@flboy84)
Reply to  The Freeman
1 year ago

Other than TE and maybe MLB, “quality” depth is our biggest weakness right now at practically every position, no question.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
1 year ago

Sadly, Josh Wells is little more than a camp player who knows the playbook. Anyone who watched his play last season should know he has zero chance of unseating any of the starters. What I find funny is that some “experts” have stated that Tristan Wirfs might be a better guard than tackle. Then some interpret that remark as if he’s not suited to be a tackle, should be moved to guard and not worthy of the 14th pick. Yet they fail to comprehend that the idea that he might be a better guard doesn’t mean he can’t be an… Read more »

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  scubog
1 year ago

Well I mean there’s a reason “experts” say that. They say he’s better suited as a guard for the reason you just stated. Because of his speed, run blocking, and agility to get to the 2nd level as a pulling guard. They also think he’s better suited at guard, because his technique isn’t consistent, and the nastiness or mean streak GM’s want to see from a tackle isn’t really there yet. And people aren’t using this to support their predetermined agenda, it’s just a matter of where he was drafted. We traded up to get him. And when you trade… Read more »

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

That guard in Indy, who the Bucs really wanted, who was drafted in the top 10, might disagree with your assessment. Since there are two tackles and two guards on the Pro Bowl team I suspect there are the same number of guards and tackles.

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  scubog
1 year ago

It’s not really an assessment, it’s a fact of what nfl teams look for. Ask anyone else. Tackles are in higher demand, and are coveted a lot more than guards are. If there are 2 players in the nfl draft of completely equal talent. But one started all 4 years at LT, the other started all his games at G/C there is almost ZERO chance that the tackle doesn’t get drafted first. 9 times out of 10. A franchise saving QB and an all pro LT are the 2 most coveted positions in the nfl. Always have been

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

Dave: I don’t disagree that the same level of tackle is more highly regarded than the equal level guard. Key being the same talent level if one ignores need. We’re saying the same thing. My point was that Wirfs was drafted to be our starting RT, not to compete at guard even though he might also excel there.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
Reply to  scubog
1 year ago

Predetermined agenda?

No agenda, just opinion based on a couple tapes. Watch this video of Wirfs vs Penn State from 2019. This is what teams will attempt to do against Wirfs from day 1 in the NFL.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7c986quO8Jo

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0(@alldaway)
1 year ago

Wells is going to compete with Haeg and Seaton. Nothing wrong with competition. If Seaton is as good as the coaching staff thinks he is he will have no problem beating out Wells. If not, then Wells is a veteran player and the fourth OT off the bench as Haeg is the primary swing tackle off the bench.

I think people are over thinking this signing to be honest.

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
1 year ago

Just a basic depth signing. O line will still be quite thin. Hope they stay healthy.

I still wonder why the Bucs went into last season knowing Dotson could not run block anymore. I guess we just had too many holes still last year to fix it.

Toucan
Toucan(@toucan)
1 year ago

Depth on the O-line is important,especially with a “highly touted” rookie.