After 11 seasons and 7 Pro Bowls, Logan Mankins has decided to call it a career. Mankins was instrumental in helping Jameis Winston develop into the leader he is going to be for the foreseeable future. Mankins' retirement saves the Buccaneers $7M, which brings their cap space to around $60M. The question is, how will the Bucs replace him.
The first option to replace Mankins would be Kevin Pamphile taking his spot at LG. Pamphile did a good job in his few starts during the 2015 season, not showing a major difference in how the line performed. Pamphile is 6'5 310 lbs, and has the ability to play Tackle or Guard. I would say right now Pamphile is the favorite to replace Mankins as the Bucs' starting left guard.
The second option is to look at Bills' free agent Richie Incognito. Incognito is coming off a Pro Bowl season in Buffalo where he had the best season of his career. The Bucs showed interest in signing Incognito in 2014, but his checkered past ultimately didn't fly with Lovie Smith and the organization. Well, it's a new day at One Buc Place, and I could definitely see Licht and Koetter thinking about signing Incognito to a very favorable contract with the Buccaneers.
The third and final option would be to use the Bucs' 3rd round pick on C/OG Nick Martin out of Notre Dame. His brother Zach, is one of the best lineman in the NFL, playing for Dallas. Nick Martin is 6'4 300lbs, and has a high ceiling in the league. He battled a knee injury at Notre Dame which plagued his production in his final two collegiate years. His name is one to look out for on day 2 of the NFL draft for your Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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