Reason to Keep:
Gosder Cherilus may be one of the most valuable players on the Bucs' roster. When Jason Licht took over as general manager, he knew he needed to improve the Bucs' offensive line with young players drafted by his team. Three drafts later, and the Bucs have their starting left tackle (Donovan Smith), starting guard/center (Ali Marpet), and one of the most value and versatile 6th offensive lineman in the NFL in Kevin Pamphile. They even invested a 5th round pick in UCLA OT Caleb Benenoch this year. When these players discuss the veteran player that has helped them the most, each of them, without hesitation, mention Cherilus as that guiding presence.
Reason to Cut:
Cherilus was brought in at a desperate time for the Bucs last year when Demar Dotson went down with a serious injury that kept him out for several weeks. Now, Cherilus sits as Dotson's backup with a price tag of $4.5 million in bonuses and salaries combined. Cherilus held his own in 2015, but his best days are behind him, he does have a big price tag, and his knees have been an issue for years now.
Perhaps I'm way off-base here, but I have a tough time seeing Cherilus go anywhere. The value he provides in tutoring and mentoring the Bucs' young offensive linemen is well worth the price the Bucs are paying.
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