The Buccaneers offensive line is definitely going to be in flux for 2018, as another member of their previous four seasons has signed a free-agent deal elsewhere. Kevin Pamphile, who primarily played left guard over the last couple of years, has agreed with the Titans
Jenna Laine of ESPN.com had the story first:
Source tells me that guard/tackle Kevin Pamphile will sign a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans. They really like his versatility — he's started 33 games and can play five positions, but guard is really his carved-out position. https://t.co/K487hFLC85
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) March 22, 2018
Pamphile started 29 of his 33 career starts the last two years. And, he platooned at both guard positions while battling an elbow injury last year with veterans Evan Smith and J.R. Sweezy.
The Bucs signed former Ravens center Ryan Jensen to huge contract last week and that likely means that last year’s center, Ali Marpet, will move back to his former right guard position for 2018. The Bucs also picked up the contract option on veteran right tackle Demar Dotson for 2018.
Pamphile and Smith were free agents and Pamphile apparently could see the writing on the wall that he might not be brought back.
It’s not clear whether or not the Bucs will hang onto Sweezy and his large salary either. Sweezy is scheduled to make $7.3 million this year.
Titans GM John Robinson is obviously familiar with Pamphile, because he was previously the assistant GM in Tampa in 2014-15 under Jason Licht.
Tennessee is looking to build on an AFC playoff appearance of year ago, where they upset Kansas City in the Wild Card round. And, they are obviously looking to build their offensive line around former # 2 overall pick QB Marcus Mariota.
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