The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a pair of roster moves on Tuesday, acquiring Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Sean Mahan and trading offensive lineman Dan Buenning to the Chicago Bears.
Terms of the two trades were not immediately available, although the Bucs did receive an undisclosed draft pick in exchange for Buenning.
Mahan, 28, played for the Buccaneers from 2003-06. He originally entered the NFL in 2003 as a fifth-round draft pick out of Notre Dame.
The 6-foot-3, 301-pound Mahan signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent during the 2007 offseason. Mahan is scheduled to earn $3.175 million in base salary in 2008. He is under contract through the 2011 season.
Mahan started all 16 regular season games for the Steelers in ‘07. Mahan, who can play center and guard, has started 52 of the 73 career games he's played in.
Like Mahan, Buenning (6-4, 320) is considered a versatile offensive lineman. He started 23 of the 26 games he played in for the Bucs at left guard. However, a torn ACL sidelined the 2005 fourth-round draft pick for most of 2006 and 2007. The Bucs began playing Buenning at center last year.
While both players are considered versatile offensive lineman, Mahan is more experienced at right guard than Buenning. Tampa Bay's decision to trade for Mahan stems from the broken foot starting right guard Davin Joseph suffered during the preseason.
Joseph could be sidelined for several more weeks while he recovers from foot surgery. Rookie Jeremy Zuttah, who spent training camp and preseason at center and guard, likely will start in Joseph's place in the regular season opener in New Orleans on Sunday.
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