Bucs’ and OT Donovan Smith reached agreement on a two-year, $31.8 million contract extension through 2023 that now includes $30 million guaranteed over the next two seasons, per sources.
I wonder how much cap space that frees up. I expect a few more extensions to happen. Bucs have like 8 or more major UFAs in 2022. Extend at least half of those players this year and work on the rest of the extensions next year and you can retain most of the players you want to keep.
Well it ensures the Bucs don’t have to draft an OT in 2021 or 2022 so that frees up draft capital to address making the front seven younger on defense, adding another CB/S and or a younger, better interior OL.
If Bucs want to draft a swing OT to groom for 2023 starting line up they can do so starting this year or next too.
Smith has grown under this coaching staff. I think Smith simply does better in this type of offense and probably would be even better in a short passing WCO. Koetter’s offense puts a lot of stress on OTs as the Falcons saw last year. It also helps to have Gronk to help chip for either side of the line too. When Gronk lines up next to Smith on the left side or with Wirfs the LoS is moved which is a nice sight to see.
right, 10.6 mil in cap space. They signed Suh for 1 year for 9 mill, dont know if all of it counts against the cap or if they gave him a ghost year or not. If it all counts then they have 1.6 still to use.
The draft picks will cost 4 mill or so , I heard, AB, 2? fournette, 4? and a QB, 1. that’s 11. they still need to clear another 10 mil the way that I see it.
he’s not a bust, he’s just below average and overpaid!
below average production at LT from a 2nd round is not great but still solid value, but overpaying on a 2nd (and now 3rd) contract can’t be your first and only option every year!
Bucs can do worse at LT compared to Smith. To me Smith would be an elite player playing in a run first offense. But given how pass happy the Bucs have been with multiple coaching staffs Smith’s play has held up.
If you compare Smith’s sacks surrendered relative to number of drop backs and compare to other LTs he is a lot better than people realize.
They can still draft another OT to groom for when Smith leaves. But this frees up draft capital to work on the D-Line.
You wouldn’t use the first rounder on a tackle now. That would be a misuse of that rookie contract. You want to use that first rounder for a position where you get a starter if not right away then after a year to take advantage of the rookie contract. The only way this would work is if the guy could play guard for a couple years and then move to tackle.
But then when you get down to the later rounds I think for sure you want to build up our depth all across the line. Depending on the practice squad and guys basically off the street to be the primary backups is going to come back to bite you if one of those tackles goes down for an extended period. The draft is where you get those quality backups.