One day after their first preseason game of the season, the Bucs have released offensive lineman Evan Smith, per a report from Greg Auman of the Athletic. The move has been confirmed by PewterReport.com. Smith’s release saves Tampa Bay $2 million in salary cap space.

Smith played in seven games last season before going on the IR in November with a hip injury. He had surgery on both of his hips in the offseason but recovered in time to practice in training camp this offseason. By releasing him, the Bucs save $1.4 million on the cap.

After playing for the Green Bay Packers from 2009 to 2013, he signed with the Bucs the following year and had been one of the longest tenured Bucs on the current roster. This opens up a spot for some offensive lineman to compete for a second string position for players such as Josh LeRibus and undrafted rookie Nate Trewyn.

The Bucs are also thin at safety position, so the available roster spot could be filled with a player at that position.

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  1. This was long over due

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  2. Thought Zach Bailey looked good in the fourth last night also.

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  3. Guess he lasted as long as he could. But Evan Smith should have been released back in 2017.

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  4. And he is gone. I expect more changes along the backup OL. This unit needs help bad.

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  5. For those wondering why the cap space only increased 1.4 million… Smith was due to make 2 million this year but only top 51 salaries count against the cap. Therefore, the next highest cap hit in our 93 man roster was around 600K. So now the 600K cap hit counts, while we save 2 million. (2M – 0.6M = 1.4M).

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    • Apologize, 90 man roster*

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  6. I understand we’ve had a couple injuries at safety but with the depth at Oline what it is, I would hope this move would be to ale way or to bring in another Olineman.

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  7. Per Greg Auman/TheAthletic
    @gregauman
    ·Bucs are signing former Washington defensive lineman Shane Bowman, who they worked out Thursday. Was with the Jaguars earlier this summer. Reunited with Vita Vea in Tampa.

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  8. Thank you for ur service! Now it’s time to move on. I, too, thought he should’ve been cut 2 years ago. Change the roster and change the culture of losing! Go Bucs!

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  9. A true blue collar, unsung Buc. I wish him well.

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  10. Matt Paradis listed the 5 teams that offered him a deal and Tampa was not one of them, he signed 27 mil with carolina now he will protect Cam and not Bucs QB Tampa did nothing to fix o line.
    nothing! nothing !

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  11. People wonder why I am so negative, last night watched Brentson Buckner working with Raiders D line man on hard knocks made me jealous knowing how much he helped this line improve last year, they fired him to hire the clown show of [email protected] Locust.
    Only in Bucland does something that stupid happen!
    Complete morons running show , I know there some good players here wondering why they have Lori Locust on staff.
    It is to show they are progressive to Glazer’s buddies and please Darcie Glazer . Not for football reasons!

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  12. Hey BOB- your bias and sexism is showing.

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    • Pure football reasons could care less about bias, only people towing the current Buc narrative will disagree on this point . Policial correct takes a beating in real football. There 31 other teams puting 100% forward no room for BS. Every move counts especially for a team at bottom every year.

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  13. Nobody wonders. For real, no one cares why anyone wants to be a negative miserable person. Someone wants to be miserable that’s their problem.

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  14. Maybe sitting at the bottom year after years is no problem for spitfire he might have just gotten use to it.

    Me I do not like it at all. I want winning right here in Tampa
    I want a good QB for the right reason, to Win
    Not sure why all the pewter trolls back a losing QB it is certainly not because he has been winning.
    “I do know why “spit, fredster chef and CG like Jameis but will not say. It is certainly not because of his history and ratings

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  15. I don’t even know Buc-Ass-Bob. But he’s like me. He’s a Bucs fan. But he’s just sick and deeyham tired of losing every yr. And all of the hype then letdown. The excuses. I’ve been a fan since team inception. I even got a chance to shake the big Paw..I mean hands of Leroy Selmon as a kid. (Best Buc ever). My ole man would sit in the stands drinkin beer and being faithful at the weekly losses. This team is either snakebit or badly owned/managed. As I evaluate this yrs team, I see out Defensive line once again getting mauled…repeatedly. I also see this team losing a lot of close games. Losses nonetheless. I hope I wrong. I’m just sick of people nationwide laughing at us. I laugh to because every Sunday I have to get Zutied..soused..beyond drunk to watch this team. Here’s to a better year…I pray and Hope.

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