The Bucs find themselves in between a rock and a hard place. There is major concern surrounding their offensive line situation and there doesn’t appear to be a fix any time soon.
Right tackle Demar Dotson’s injury is currently being labeled as a knee sprain. That is good news on the surface, considering he could have torn ligaments and be out for the year. Still, Dotson is expected to miss some time.
That means the Bucs are moving forward with finding a replacement and they reportedly have someone lined up for a visit, according to Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager.
Former Colts/Lions offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus will be in Tampa visiting the Buccaneers on Monday. @NFLonFOX
— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) August 16, 2015
Cherilus, a 2008 first-round selection by Detroit, signed a five-year deal with Indianapolis in 2013 before being released by the Colts just a few weeks back. Teams have stayed away from signing the 31-year-old veteran due to a history with knee injuries and having arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this year.
Tampa Bay’s dilemma, which ultimately could be answered by just playing Kevin Pamphile at right tackle while Dotson is out. As last season drew to a close, Pamphile started at right tackle for two games. That could be the best option. No sense in plugging in a player with a history of injuries if you’re possibly going to put yourself back in the same position you were in before.
Instead they’d be looking for a replacement to the replacement.
The Buccaneers and Cherilus have agreed on a two-year deal after both sides visited on Monday.
Cherilus was charted to have a drop in his production while in Indianapolis after signing is big five-year deal with them in 2013. He was scheduled to visit Minnesota this week if he left without a deal.
Spence facing suspension
Injured defensive tackle Akeem Spence is facing a one-game suspension from the NFL, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 17, 2015
The Buccaneers are pretty loaded at defensive tackle. With the injury and the suspension — one the team already knew was on the horizon — this does not bode well for Spence.