Most of us would rather have Godwin, Barrett, and LVD all return, and so a few months ago cutting Smith on his last year to create 14.5 mil in cap room seemed like a no brainer. I’ve also seen a few writers sugest he’s earned his contract with his play over the past few weeks.
Perhaps then, the Bucs could trade him and net an extra draft pick? Surely a starting left tackle in his prime carries some value, if the contract isnt prohibitive?
Itd open the Bucs up to replace him with a high draft pick while keeping the rest of the band together.
I think they will keep Smith but logically force him to restructure his deal with a possible extension. Brady will not want to lose the guy who played LT for him in a SB year.
But Smith is not worth $14.5mil. He knows it, we know it, the league knows it. Even if we can remove a few million from that number it will help. The threat of trade or cut is there with no guaranteed money on his deal. He will happily take a restructure to the alternative.
Theres a guy I probably want us to look at is Jalen Mayfield in the first round, if we can draft another first round tackle and groom him for this year or see how he does in camp, we can trade smith mid season and then longterm re-sign whoever we tag
One of the reasons it is so hard to repeat as SB winners is the salary cap. The agents for the players will demand top dollar for the players they represent. If the Bucs don’t offer what the agent has told the player he should get, the agent says go FA. The Bucs can’t pay everyone what they want and there are desperate teams out there that will overpay for a player that played for a team that just won a SB.
1) Smith’s trade value is limited because he has one year left on his deal. Maybe a 3rd rounder? Not worth it.
2) You’d be down one starting tackle, a position where we already have zero depth at. Free agency is a crap shoot and its going to cost you more than the $14.5 mil you are paying Smith. If you draft a rookie he’s not going to step in on Week 1 and be ready to protect Brady’s blind side.
Job #1 for this offense is to protect Brady. Everything else comes after that. Its just not worth it to get rid of Smith. Draft a rookie on Day 1 or Day 2. They can be a backup next year and then you let Smith test the market after 2021. I guarantee you that’s what they’ll do.
Call me crazy, but I believe what we do with Smith hinges on if the team believes Wirfs could make the jump to starting Lt. If the answer is yes, Smith could be a solid trade for a draft pick, and fetching a solid one.
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