When people say the Bucs have not made a conscious effort in retooling the offensive line, they really don't know what's going on behind the scenes. Sure it doesn't seem like much when some hear that Patrick Omameh -- who struggled last season -- has been working at right tackle this offseason but there's more to it than that apparent unpopular decision.
Last season's poor performance across the line did not go unnoticed. The situation with veteran tackle Anthony Collins was handled accordingly -- from his days on the bench to his release. You can say Collins brought the entire line down. Even guard Logan Mankins was not his All-Pro self.
This offseason, Tampa Bay made efforts in continuing to beef up their line and tried to sign Patriots veteran guard and Mankins’ ex-teammate Dan Connolly. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the Buccaneers made a “strong pitch” in trying to lock him up in pewter before Connolly eventually turned them down. This after they hosted him for a visit during the free agency period.
The Buccaneers made a strong pitch to [Dan Connolly], enticing him about the possibility of again playing alongside Logan Mankins, but Connolly’s reluctance to uproot/be away from his family was the primary factor that led him to decline that option.
It may not seem like much on the surface, but Jason Licht and Lovie Smith made attempts in improving the offensive line. Time will tell if a full offseason for both Mankins and Omameh, a potential rookie starter at left tackle, and a rookie quarterback can make the unit look, feel, and play better.
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