Bucs fans have been waiting for what feels like a lifetime — really it’s just been a few days — for their team to make a big splash in free agency with not much movement in the waters. However, with a little patience, Tampa Bay made their splash by coming to terms with Ravens center Ryan Jensen.

Jensen was drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL draft by the Ravens. He played his college call at CSU-Pueblo.

Jensen, who will be 27 at the start of the 2018 season, was the full-time starter for the Ravens in 2017 and started all 16 games at center.

Jensen now gives the Bucs the flexibility to move Ali Marpet back to guard, which is the plan. Though Marpet played well in his first year at center, he wasn’t as dominant as he was when he was at that right guard position in years past. Signing Jensen and being flexible with Marpet allows for the Bucs to focus on putting the best five offensive linemen they can out on the field for 2018.

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

61 COMMENTS

  1. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  2. Thank You…

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  3. YUGE!!!! This lines about to get nasty, and I LOVE IT! Friendly off the field, but when that whistle blows it is time to go to war!

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  4. Another Licht failed experiment. This guy is a Buffoon. He’s up there with the Browns. Another 1 year blunder. You make Marpet a center and now admit it didn’t work. This guy is throwing darts at a board. What a joke!

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    • Confirmed troll.

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    • Hardly. He played well at both positions. We needed him at Center because we had no one else. This makes Guard less of an imediate need.

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  5. Good to hear; bow the next question is who will be the best 5 players on the OL when the season starts?

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  6. Now we just have to hope Nelson is available at 7. What a road grating unit THAT would be!?!

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  7. Now not bow

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    • Really? Two negatives for acknowledging the word was incorrect and I corrected it.

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  8. Fixing the trenches!

    About time!

    Keep going Licht. Your work isn’t finished!

    Upgrades two spots with Marpet going back to guard and Jensen into the fold at center. Best possible scenario!

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    • Agreed. Double upgrade!

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      • long AS HE DOESN’T hurt his back picking up the ck like mr. j.r. sneezy , the great j.r. sneezy

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  9. Next up.

    DE and possibly another OL.

    Wrap it up with a veteran DB and veteran RB and the Bucs will be ready to go for the draft.

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  10. Yes!!! Man this is good news. Welcome to Tampa Jenson! Was really hoping this would happen. Building the trenches!

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  11. This is a terrific signing. If we can draft Cappa in the 3rd round, our only soft spot will be Smith. Go Bucs!

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    • If you think about it and look at d. Smith film this past season, he actually played pretty well. Seems like is starting to click

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      • If folks actually watched #76 the’d see that his good play far outweighs the few lapses.

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  12. Ah likes this ‘un, Y’all.

    The experiment with Marpet at Center might not have been a waste of time. He can now step in and play as the Center in the case of need. He has had his value to the team enhanced. We can be sure of what we have as the starting RG for many years to come.

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  13. Let’s see how many more mocking statements Flacco does about eating Ws NOW! Easier to poke fun at other QBs putting the spotlight on himself when guys like Jensen keep him off the ground and keep the pocket from collapsing! Would love to see Winston and Jensen up at the podium one day after a W saying, “Hey Flacco we’re eating Ws! Mm mm!”

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  14. Imagine possibly adding Nelson to this line via the draft:

    Smith- Nelson-Jensen-Marpet-Dotson

    That would be a really good line.

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  15. Awesome!!! Welcome Jenson to the Bucs!!! Im glad you picked Tampa Bay. GO BUCS!!!

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  16. Great signing, and now on to Vinny Curry!

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  17. The contract appears decent, averages 10.5 mil/year from what my math tells me. Slightly rich, but nothing too bad.

    I would expect this to be the big signing this offseason, they got maybe 1 more like this in them but they picked up a target they really liked without setting new market highs. Solid.

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  18. Licht is building the Cornhusker wall.

    Moving toward actually having NFL caliber lines so the Bucs can compete with other NFCS teams. About time!

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  19. If I remember correctly about half of the Bucs Fans were calling for Marpet to go to Center last year and now about half are saying how stupid it was. LOL!!! Licht cant win! Licht could have been stubborn and left Marpet at C but he did what was best for the team even though he is still getting criticized for it anyway. SMH Never win with some people. Lol GO BUCS!!!

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  20. Great signing. The best thing that could have happened for the offense! A true center who can make all the calls and dominate, allowing marpet to go back to dominating. Since they havnt upgraded the pass rush the best thing is to play keep away and run the ball more.

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    • or score 35 points a game

      Go Bucs!!!

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  21. Even if they draft a L.G. I wonder where this signing leaves Sweezy? Remember they let three linemen go, and have only signed one so do you keep Sweezy another year for depth, and competition?

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    • There is no rush to cut Sweazy as Pamphile and Evan Smith are free agents. Hawley I think is officially retiring to travel the country.

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    • Surferdudes, agree, if Sweezy takes a pay cut!

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      • a big pay cut or be cut!

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  22. Thank God!!!

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  23. Marpet wasn’t a failed experiment- he actually graded out pretty [email protected] C- it’s just that he’s stronger going back to guard. I’m all good with this move… After last season, though, I will temper my enthusiasm

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  24. We shall see what is to come regarding our pass rush.

    Also, I will temper my enthusiasm some as I was happy to get Baker about this time last year and Sweezy the year before. Just to mention a couple of our recent FA acquisitions.

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  25. Who will start at LG? Sweezy?

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  26. At this time I see, from left to right,
    Smith
    Sweezy
    Jensen
    Marpet
    Dotson.

    I see Pamphile as T/G backing up Smith and Sweezy.

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  27. Casren the troll is awful quiet right now. Fuck yeah! Now draft Nelson and we’re looking good.

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  28. Who cares what position Marpet/Jensen play; BOTH can block consistantly, something we haven’t been able to say about a pair of Buc O’linemen in way too many years…

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  29. Bucs have had an underrated free agency. . . . . assuming we get the honey badger, I’m stilll hoping for some more De’s; at this point, it’s looking like Davenport is a shoe-in for the Bucs!

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  30. Good job. Must hear buc fans calling for the GM’s head. Nice save

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  31. We signed a Center. WE SIGNED A CENTER!! We did one thing right! Hooray!!! When and where is the ticker tape parade, I don’t want to sleep through it.

    GMAFB

    If this is all we have to carry us into the draft, we know from FOUR YEARS of experience with Licht at the helm we’re screwed. At least he leapt on a K during FA (run cheetah, run) so we don’t have to worry about him trading up and burning ANOTHER high draft pick on a K.

    The Fantasy (GM) Footballer in him probably thinks he has fixed the line, except of course for that LT playing out of position and a RT who is probably one season away from retirement. And nothing but backup (barely) qualified ‘talent’ vying for the starting G and swing/backup spots. Which still leaves us another 2-3 players short of talent on the other line (yes there are two, even though you don’t draft for them in FF).

    I am unable to pretend any more. Licht is every bit the meat/blockhead he has admitted to being. The Glazers are every bit the blockheads their dad used to take advantage of in business deals. And we’re every bit the fools for pretending it’s otherwise.

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  32. Love this signing, now I think they can draft a DL Rd 1 and the other starting Guard in Rd 2, maybe trade back up into the 2nd for a RB then. We should be alot more physical that way.

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  33. Reading the comments is absolutely hysterical. So many folks were afraid that all of their friends were getting a new bike for Christmas and they’d be left out. That cheap Santa sucks!. Pouting was the order of the day. But wait, there’s our own new bike hiding behind the couch. Let’s all go into our “Happy Dance.” Tell Santa you’re sorry.

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  34. A quality sighing.

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  35. Honestly thought once he left, he would sign with the Colts but glad he decided to sign with us. I’m wondering why honey badger didn’t come our way as well, looks like him and Okafor signed one year deals. This helps the running game (I hope) but correct me if I’m wrong, with weapons like Howard, Evans, Brate and Jackson, wasn’t a lot of our problem blocking the edge last year? So we made some positive adjustments with Marpet and Jensen but now we really don’t have a “stud” at RB, on the flip side, we have studs at TE and REC but no one who can protect the edge consistently to protect Jameis….what do you guys thinking about….are we still going to try and add another free agent to minimize the holes we need to plug from the draft and then move up to get the Gem at DE or RB?

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    • My opinion on the hot board:
      Chubb (DE)
      Barkley (most likely gone) but I think there’s a way we can move up, get Chubb and still maintain our second rounder and get either Sony Michel or a DB
      If both are gone (Chubb and Barkley) then Jalen Ramsey or Nelson
      Does anyone think it’s feasible to actually trade up a few spots, and still keep our second rounder and give up let’s say a 3rd rounder for swapping? Just brainstorming here.

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      • Derwin James that is, sorry wrong Nole

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  36. I just hope this isn’t an excuse not to sign Quentin Nelson (if available at #7). Why settle for adequate when you can move to dominating ?

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    • Exactly

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  37. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bucs were looking at Will Hernandez in the second round. Love to see the lines being rebuilt. Great work, Meathead!

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  38. Good question Dennis, since LG has been the Bucs OL Achilles heel since Logan Mankins left. Although a good signing, it doesn’t solve the Bucs biggest glaring weakness on the OL. I’m not big on drafting OG’s with a top ten draft pick and unlike a lot of people out here who clamored for the Bucs to move to center, I was against that.
    To many Lazy Boy GM’s out here.

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    • It wasn’t that the GM wanabees wanted Marpet to move to center, it was Licht who said it when he was drafted. I just repeated what he stated.

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  39. Nick Chubb just might fall to the Bucs as the Jets just traded for the Colts No. ! pick. Do you believe in miracles?

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    • That pushes Chubb & Nelson down…

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    • Did you mean Bradley Chubb?

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  40. First off that doesn’t give us chubb, colts still draft before us. This changed nothing for us by drafting 7th. What it did change is the possibilty of trading with denver. Jets jumped them to get their guy and denver probably has the same guy or good chances of it. So the question is would we be willing to trade the 7th and our 3rd for the 5th and 4th rounder plus a 6th rounder back for the chance of barkley or chubb?

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  41. We can sign a decent center all that money but won’t make the effort to sign Suh! Hes only the 2nd best D tackle in the league behind Donald…. People keep saying Suh is a head case but no can find anything bad in Miami… Only knock on him was being inconsist he turned it on and off when he felt like it. McCoy could use the help. If I were him I would have been asked for my walking papers the organization hasn’t really done anything to help him since he joined the league.

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    • All fine points but where would you play him at? The 1? He isnt valuable their economically. The 3? Mccoy said when we thiugh about draftin donald he wouldn’t move to the 1 for some kid, doubt that has changed now even though they were in the same draft class amd even if it did his contract then doesn’t make sense. They’re both 3 technique dts.

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  42. True statement about Chubb, I did speak a bit to soon. Still, perhaps if we pushed some kind of trade with the No. 5 pick, we could still get him. Hell, Indy doesn’t need a QB so if No. 5 wants one, he is still going to be there at 7.

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  43. While I feel excited about this signing I still feel like we needed D Lew at a minimum at RB in free agency to have enough holes filled and take some pressure off of Winston. I think we went in for Mckinnon and lost out leaving us without anyone proven at the position.

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