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Buccaneers sign G Oniel Cousins to one-year contract

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers add some depth to their offensive line with backup guard Oniel Cousins.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed former Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens offensive guard Oniel Cousins to a one-year deal, per Scott Smith. Cousins was a third-round pick for the Baltimore Ravens in 2008, but was waived in 2011 and picked up by the Cleveland Browns at the time. He has nine starts in his six seasons in the league, with four of them coming last year.

The connection to the Bucs is fairly obvious: he played under Tampa Bay offensive line coach George Warhop for the past three years. The 6'4", 315 lbs. guard should provide some depth and competition at the guard position, something the Bucs desperately need, but they shouldn't count on him as a starter. His play was absolutely horrible, as Chris Pokorny of Dawgs By Nature noted that "there was no redeeming quality about Cousins' play as a starting guard last season. [..] Cousins looked like the worst offensive guard I've ever seen in all my years of watching football."

Cousins will likely compete with Jamon Meredith for a roster spot as a backup interior offensive lineman, and this should have no real implications for the team's starting offensive guards. Jeremy Zuttah, Carl Nicks and Evan Dietrich-Smith are slated to be the Bucs' three starters along the interior line.