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Bucs are bringing back Evan Smith

The Buccaneers have re-signed lineman Evan Smith.

New York Giants v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has re-signed offensive lineman Evan Smith.

Smith (6-2, 305) played in 15 games for Tampa Bay last season. Smith joined the Buccaneers in 2014 after spending five seasons with Green Bay (2009-2013). He originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Packers in 2009. Smith has played in 112 career regular season games, with 53 starts.

Smith and Kevin Pamphile split time at left guard throughout 2017 but neither one played well enough to grab a hold of the position. Pamphile has since signed one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans.

After being acquired by the Packers in 2014, Smith was the full time starter at center. Constant issues at the position (low snaps, missed blocking assignments, etc.), earned him a demotion to the bench. He would be replaced by Joe Hawley in 2015, who was released this offseason and now retired.

Parts of this report comes courtesy of the Buccaneers Commincations Department.