The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released veteran guard Evan Smith following Friday night's preseason game against the Steelers.
Smith battled back from two hip surgeries in the off season, but it’s clear watching last nights game, that he never was able to regain his form.
Bucs have released veteran offensive lineman Evan Smith. He'd been with Tampa the last five seasons, making him one of the most tenured Bucs on roster. Came back from surgery on both hips, played with second line last night. Guard/center was due to make $2 million in 2019.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 10, 2019
The move comes as a bit of a surprise, but the Bucs will now have around $4.4-million dollars in cap space, allowing them to possibly add some more depth in the secondary, or along the offensive line.
Bruce Arians addressed the need to find a safety during Saturday's media availability, so it seems that is likely the direction they will go.