The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been one of the most active teams in free agency this year, handing out well over $100 million dollars in contracts. Tampa has put a priority on rebuilding their offensive line this offseason and the moves continued on Friday as the Buccaneers added the seventh free agent of this offseason with the signing of OC Evan Dietrich-Smith.
Dietrich-Smith agreed to a four-year deal worth a reported $14.25 million.
With LT Donald Penn and OG Davin Joseph already jettisoned, one could make the case that Tampa’s OC in 2013, Jeremy Zuttah, and his $4.25 million dollar salary might be gone as well. There is a chance that the Buccaneers might want to slide Zuttah to one of the guard positions, but nothing is off the table with the new current regime in Tampa.
First-year head coach Lovie Smith has been very busy re-shaping the Buccaneers into the team he wants for the 2014 season and it’s likely they have not finished making moves yet.
One player rumored to be on the Buccaneers radar this offseason was free agent CB Charles Tillman. The link between Smith and Tillman was obvious, but the veteran corner is off the board after re-signing with the Chicago Bears yesterday.
Tillman, soon to turn 33, inked a one-year deal with the Bears for a reported $3.4 million dollar deal.