Each day we look at players on the Buccaneers' roster and decide whether that player should be brought back for 2015 or if the Bucs should move on. When a team is 2-14, major changes lie on the horizon. Today, we take a look at offensive guard Logan Mankins.
The Case to Keep: The Bucs just traded for Logan Mankins at the start of the season, giving up a 4th round selection and Tim Wright to acquire him. While the Bucs offensive line was horrible in 2014, Mankins was not the worst part of it. Getting rid of Mankins will open up another gaping whole along the Bucs offensive line.
"He's the first one in the meeting room, teaching these guys how to study the right way," Jason Licht said. "He holds them accountable without having to say a word. He gives them 'the look' and that's enough."
"We've had some issues on the offensive line, but he's not one of them. He's one of the solutions."
The Case to Cut: Despite just trading for Mankins at the start of the 2014 season, the Bucs could easily cut their loss with Mankins. He was nowhere near the player he had been throughout the rest of his career. His better days are behind them, and with each day moving forward, those days will get farther and farther away. Mankins price tag of $7 million per season is also reason to cut him. Mankins was shipped to the Bucs because he wouldn't lower his salary. If the Bucs cut Mankins, they get the full $7 million back in cap room with NO DEAD MONEY according to overthecap.com.
Cut or Keep? While I understand the leadership and mentoring Mankins provides, his $7 million price tag does not justify his average play. If Mankins is willing to do for the Bucs what he wasn't willing to do for the Patriots, and cut his salary, I could see him sticking around. I'm just not sure if Mankins would be willing to do that for a 2-14 team. If he doesn't take a severe pay cut, I'd cut him and use that $7 million in savings to go after someone more talented and younger.
Follow Bucs Blitz on twitter: @TBBucsOnScout