The Buccaneers will sign former Falcons center Joe Hawley on Monday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Atlanta released the sixth-year pro, who’s spent his entire career with the Falcons since being drafted out of UNLV in the fourth round of 2010, last week after he started 23 games over the past five seasons. Hawley, 26, was set to be the starter last year, before tearing his ACL and having to miss most of 2014 and this past training camp.
Hawley has ties to Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who held the same position in Atlanta from 2012-2014. He gives Tampa Bay more depth at center behind Evan Smith, if not a possible starter.
Hawley was set to make $3.5 million in Atlanta, but was too expensive to keep as a backup after he was beat out for the starting role. Tampa Bay will likely sign him to a much smaller contract. To make room for Hawley, who now joins Evan Smith and Jeremiah Warren on the depth chart, the Bucs waived Eric Kush, who was signed off waivers after Week 4 of the preseason.
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Just what we need, another throw off from the Falcons. How many more Bears will we still pick up too. I admitEvan Smith is not a good Center and he was part of the OL problem, but the guy to the right of him didn’t do much either. We’re not going to beat anybody for awhile and it’s best to move on in letting the young guys play.
My condolences to Joe Hawley. It’s sad when a dream turns into a nightmare.
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So a guy cut from a team with a terrible OL is going to help this team, a team with piss poor coaching and a worse OL? Gee, and here I thought this team had hit bottom.
Thats a beginning to start.
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