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Offensive Line Rankings: Despite investments, Bucs rank 14th

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TAMPA - JULY 31:  Tackle Donald Penn #70 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers works with Jeremy Trueblood #65 on a blocking drill during Training Camp at One Buccaneer Place on July 31 2010 in Tampa Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
TAMPA - JULY 31: Tackle Donald Penn #70 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers works with Jeremy Trueblood #65 on a blocking drill during Training Camp at One Buccaneer Place on July 31 2010 in Tampa Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The rankings continue, as Ryan Van Bibber tackled the offensive line rankings this time. Somehow, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank just 14th. My favorite whipping boy aside, the Buccaneers actually have a lot of talent across their line, and more importantly: a lot of money invested in those players. Still, the line hasn't actually been as good as their tagline in years past, and it hasn't played together in this configuration either. Here's what I had to say about the line in Van Bibber's article:

With the signing of Carl Nicks, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers completed the most expensive offensive line in the NFL. The team has committed a massive $168 million in contracts to its five starters. Carl Nicks is the highest-paid interior lineman in the NFL, while the combination of Nicks, Zuttah, and Joseph represent the highest-paid interior line in the league. The Bucs hope to use all of that money to fund a massive ground attack, but they haven't been able to create a dominant power-running game so far.