In an interview with Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Davin Joseph discussed the idea of re-signing with the team but noted that he would like to see them address a few things before fully committing to the idea.
“If [the Bucs] were to say they were committed to signing back guys that we played with last year, it would definitely [encourage] me to stay,” said Joseph. “Guys like [Jeremy] Trueblood, guys like James Lee, guys on defense like Barrett Ruud. If you’re bringing guys like that back, then I know you’re about winning. It’s a step in the right direction instead of trying to reconstruct the whole roster. That’s not going to work to our benefit.”
It’s a nice sentiment from Joseph to support some of his veteran teammates but the fact of the matter is that some of the other players are replaceable while he happens to the one of the best available offensive lineman in this years free agent class (currently #10 in our Top 50 Free Agents List ). The Buc’s have been built through the draft, not by allocating a ton money to aging veterans. Ideally the Buc’s would like to keep some of the players that Joseph mentioned but they may not be possible considering that his own asking price may dictate their options.