Bucs Add O-Line Depth

With offensive line and salary cap issues a main concern, the Bucs look to bargain basement for depth.

By Jeff Berlinicke

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally made a move to fortify their struggling offensive line with the signing of former Buc Lance Nimmo.

Nimmo was a fourth round pick for the Bucs out of West Virginia in 2003, but he was released just prior to opening day when the Bucs signed tight end Tony McGee who never panned out.

Nimmo plays left tackle and has yet to play a regular season game. He was signed by the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in February, but was released last week.

In order to create a roster spot for Nimmo, the Bucs officially allowed safety John Howell to leave for Seattle as a free agent. The move had been expected and he'll join former Bucs Joe Jurevisius and Chartric Darby with the Seahawks this season.

Nimmo is doubtful to make an impact this season, but the Bucs are desperate to cut salaries, having a bloated salary cap figure for each of the next two seasons. Many of last season's free agent offensive linemen will likely be gone by the start of training camp, but Nimmo is still little more than a practice squad player.

Nimmo's best hope is to stick as a backup to third-round draft pick Chris Colmer, also a left tackle.

Howell, who started six games for the Bucs last season wanted to remain in Tampa Bay, but he is just one of many salary casualties to look for in the coming weeks.


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