The Buccaneers have been busy preparing to come off their bye week and play the Falcons in Atlanta on Sunday. And, their front office has also been busy working on deals, including extending the contract of starting offensive guard Ali Marpet.
Locking down a key piece of our O-Line! Ali Marpet has agreed to terms on an extension through 2023.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) October 9, 2018
A former Division III star for Hobart College in New York, the Bucs took Marpet in the second round of the 2015 draft.
He has already shown versatility in his career playing right guard his first two seasons and then, moving to Center in the 2017 campaign. When the Bucs signed veteran free agent Ryan Jensen from Baltimore in March, Marpet moved to left guard, next to his fellow 2015 draftmate, left tackle Donovan Smith.
NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo had the contract details first:
G Ali Marpet’s extension with the #Buccaneers: five years, $55m with $27.125m in guarantees, source says. One of the top pending free agents this offseason is now locked in to Tampa for a while.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 9, 2018
Marpet has started 44 games in his career and is regarded as one of the top run-blocking tackles in the NFL. The Buccaneers also made a splash in their opening two games, when veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 400 yards and four or more touchdowns in back to back games. Fitzpatrick was well protected in the two games suffering only two sacks in the wins over the Saints and the Eagles.
It is curious that the Bucs got his deal done first, as Smith, who is playing the more lucrative left tackle position, is also due to be a free agent coming up after 2018.
One would have to speculate that’s Smith getting a new contract cannot be far behind this move.
Marpet & Smith have previously been roommates, and actually are co-hosts of a Buccaneers TV show that airs weekly and features more about their life and activities off the field that it does football.
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