Will the Bucs Look to Complete a Young Offensive Line?

Could the Bucs look to bring in a young offensive tackle to fill out a young offensive line?

Over the past few weeks, we have been breaking down each position on the Bucs' roster. During this process, I have discussed who stays, who goes, top free agent targets that make sense, and players that fit the position in the draft.

We have already looked at the following positions:

Wide Receivers
Safeties
Running Backs
Linebackers
Quarterbacks 
Cornerbacks
Tight Ends
Defensive Tackles
Defensive Ends

Today, we focus on the Bucs' Offensive Line.

Current Roster:

Player

Under Contract

2016 Cap Number

Stays/Goes

Comment

Donovan Smith

Thru 2018

$1.4 million

Stays

As a rookie playing left tackle, Smith was much better than people gave him credit for. Stop reading what the "numbers" people say, and start trusting your eyes. Smith will be somewhere along the Bucs' O-line for years to come.

Demar Dotson

Thru 2016

$1.75 million

Stays

Dotson's probably in his last year with the Bucs. He does have an inflated opinion of himself, and feels he deserves a big contract. I expect the Bucs to bring in a young OT in this draft to take over in 2017.

Gosder Cherilus

Thru 2016

$4.5 million

Stays

Rumor has it that Cherilus was an excellent leader for Donovan Smith. Cherilus is probably overpaid, but I think he can be a valuable backup. I like Cherilus as a mentor for the Bucs' young offensive linemen.

Kevin Pamphile

Thru 2017

$650,000

Stays

The Bucs list Pamphile still at OT, but he will be Logan Mankins' eventual replacement at left guard.

Logan Mankins

Thru 2016

$7 million

Stays

We still haven't gotten official word on if Mankins will be retiring or returning for 2016, but my guess is that he returns for one more season.

Ali Marpet

Thru 2018

$857,000

Stays

Marpet is a future pro bowler and All Pro.

Garrett Gilkey

Thru 2016

$675,000

Stays

Gilkey seems to be Bucs OL coach George Warhop's guy, and at such a small salary, I think the Bucs let Gilkey compete at training camp.

Antoine Everett

Thru 2017

$450,000

Stays

Everett is a young player, and while I put "stays," I could still see Everett's spot as a revolving door.

Joe Hawley

Thru 2016

$3.5 million

Stays

Hawley was a great addition last season, and should continue to anchor the Bucs offensive line in 2016.

Evan Smith

Thru 2017

$2.5 million

Stays

My mind says let him go and get that $2.5 million back, but my gut says he stays. Personally, if Mankins retires, I'd keep Smith, but if Mankins is coming back, I'd let Smith go.

Josh Allen

Thru 2017

$525,000

Stays

Young player who will need to continue to prove his worth throughout the off-season.

Ben Gottschalk

Thru 2017

$450,000

Stays

Young player who will need to continue to prove his worth throughout the off-season.

Top Free Agent Targets:

I'll start by saying that I do not believe the Bucs will attack offensive linemen hard in free agency.

Bobby Massie | OT | Arizona Cardinals
Massie is a big right tackle who is still just 26 years old. Massie's time with Arizona gives him obvious ties to Bucs GM Jason Licht. He is a physical right tackle who thrives more as a run blocker than a pass blocker.

Nate Chandler | OL | Carolina Panthers
Recently released by the Panthers, the Bucs could be interested in the versatile Chandler as a depth piece along their offensive line. Chandler could provide nice depth in case Logan Mankins were to retire.

Top Targets in the Draft:

Early Rounds:
Ronnie Stanley | OT | Notre Dame
Jason Spriggs | OT | Indiana
Le'Raven Clark | OT | Texas Tech
Ryan Allen | C | Alabama
Shon Coleman | OT | Auburn
Jerald Hawkins | OT | LSU
Vadal Alexander | OG | LSU
Landon Turner | OG | North Carolina
Nick Martin | OG/C | Notre Dame

Later Rounds:
Cole Toner | OT | Harvard
Jack Allen | C | Michigan State
Spencer Drango | OG | Baylor
Graham Glascow | OG | Michigan
Pearce Slater | OT | San Diego State
Willie Beavers | OT | Western Michigan
Avery Young | OT | Auburn
Alex Lewis | OT | Nebraska


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