Bucs Could Help O-Line By Being Patient

The Buccaneers have yet to address their biggest need along their offensive line this off-season, but could their patience pay off in a big way?

I know most of you have grown frustrated with the Buccaneers this off-season. The lack of aggression in free agency is much different than we've seen over the past few off-seasons. However, even the positions they did address in free agency were not the biggest areas of need on the team.

Perhaps patience could be the key to the Bucs finally improving their offensive line.

CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher is reporting that the Eagles may release pro bowl guard Evan Mathis if they can't trade him. For what it's worth, trade rumors have circulated around Mathis for a while, yet the Eagles have yet to find a trade partner.

Mathis, 33, has come on strong late in his career. Mainly a reserve for a majority of his career, Mathis finally became a full time starter in the NFL in 2011 when joining the Eagles from the Carolina Panthers. In 2013 and 2014 he became a Pro Bowler, and in 2013 he was also named 1st team All Pro.

While it looks more and more like the Bucs will make Jameis Winston the 1st pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, needs are still abundant at defensive end and along their offensive line. The addition of Mathis without giving up a draft pick could help alleviate some of that desperate need and allow the Bucs to focus more on the best player available at the time of their selection, rather than feeling desperate to fill a major void at guard.

With a rookie quarterback and younger weapons around that quarterback, it might make sense for the Bucs to have a veteran offensive line in front of him. To do that without giving up more draft selections, the Bucs best bet to improving their offensive line now is likely to remain patient.

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