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2014 Free Agency: Tampa Bay Buccaneers release OG Davin Joseph

The Cincinnati Bengals won't figure as interested parties in the veteran offensive guard.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released two-time Pro Bowl guard, and former 2006 first-round pick, Davin Joesph, according to Rick Stroud with the Tampa Bay Times. Joseph was due $6 million in base salary, which is roughly the amount that Tampa Bay saved against the 2014 salary cap.

Joseph, after being named to the 2011 Pro Bowl, missed the entire season in 2012 due to knee surgery, and finished 2013 as the 80th ranked offensive guard according to Pro Football Focus (there were 81 that qualified in their grading system).

Prior to releasing Joseph, Tampa Bay had attempted to trade him, but no one bit on the 30-year old who had struggled to return to the Pro Bowl caliber player he had been before his knee injury.

Don't expect Cincinnati to sign him.

The Bengals recently re-upped with guard Mike Pollak, who beautifully replaced Kevin Zeitler midway through the season last year. Pollak is versatile enough to play both guard positions in a backup role and start when called upon. If Cincinnati is unable to find a productive left tackle (in free agency or the NFL draft), figure that Andrew Whitworth resumes his spot as the team's starting left tackle.

The question thus becomes, how close is Clint Boling to returning? There are questions if he'll be ready for the regular season.