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Will Buccaneers have interest in newly available DL Jared Odrick?

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Highly versatile defensive lineman Jared Odrick has already played for both the Dolphins and the Jaguars. Could a stint with the Buccaneers be next for the former Penn State standout?

It’s possible now that the 28th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft is a free agent, that coming as a result of the decision the Jaguars made on Monday to let him go. Hilariously, Odrick took the news quite well while on vacation in the Dominican Republic:

Odrick was released after playing just two seasons in Jacksonville, where he played in 22 games the last two years but missed the final 10 games last year with elbow and shoulder injuries.

The release looks like a classic cost-cutting move as Odrick would have had to be paid a $2 million roster bonus had he still been on the Jags roster on March 13.

The five-year, $42.5 million deal Odrick signed two years ago also called for $3.5 million of his $6.5 million 2017 salary to become guaranteed had he still be on the roster on March 13.

It’s possible then that the Jags will seek to get Odrick back at a cheaper rate, but the Bucs are one of the teams that could be inclined to make him a better offer.

The Bucs aren’t desperate for defensive line help but Odrick’s ability to play inside and outside is something the Bucs might find enticing. After all, it’s not like Odrick has been horribly non-productive.

Drafted in the first round by the Dolphins in 2010, Odrick recorded 15.5 sacks between the 2011-13 seasons and led the Jaguars with 5.5 sacks during his first season in Jacksonville.

He might prove to be a cheaper option than some of the linemen the Bucs are reportedly interested in. In particular we’re talking about Calais Campbell of the Cardinals.

Campbell will more than likely command a contract worth approximately $8 million a year. A team like the Bucs might be able to get a player like Odrick for a little less.

The key of course is Odrick’s health. If he’s sound physically he could prove to be a good fit in Tampa, where he would surely beef up the interior and possibly even the exterior of their line.

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