The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are officially parting ways with much maligned offensive lineman Donovan Smith.
The move is not one that is unexpected, news of Smith’s pending release had previously been leaked. Donovan Smith had a very erratic career in Tampa, after being drafted by the Buccaneers in the second-round of the 2015 NFL draft. He would appear to be the first domino to fall in what may be a long line of dominos as the Tampa Bay Bucs work to get cap compliant.
The #Bucs have informed longtime LT Donovan Smith that he being released, a move that will save Tampa Bay $10M in cap space, while leaving $8M in dead money. Smith started 124 games in his eight years with Tampa Bay.— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) March 7, 2023
In terms of Smith’s replacement, the Buccaneers have a few options available to them. They could look to free agency for a veteran solution or try and bring in a young prospect through the draft. A potential plan that has intrigued Tampa Bay fans is the team deciding to look in-house for their next left tackle. Some have suggested that Tristan Wirfs may be a candidate to flips positions this season and try his hand on the left side of the line.