Tampa Bay Buccaneers: How the Team Can Improve Its Offensive Line

Caleb Abner@cjabshypeContributor IIIOctober 31, 2012

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 21: Carl Nicks #77 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates a touchdown during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered a shocking blow to their offensive line when Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks was placed on injured reserve.

We're talking about a team that had already lost one Pro Bowl guard for the season in Davin Joseph.

Without Nicks, though, the team has virtually no top-end depth at the guard position. 

So far, the Bucs have already tried two guys at right guard to fill Joseph's shoes, and neither of them has panned out so well. Ted Larsen, who started at the beginning of the season and then struggled, was replaced by Jamon Meredith, who hasn't been a whole lot better. 

Currently, it seems like the Bucs will roll with Larsen and Meredith playing opposite each other, with Cody Wallace, Roger Allen and possibly converted right tackle Jeremy Trueblood as backups. 

Not the most impressive lineup, is it?

Well, Bucs fans, worry no more, because there's an quick and easy solution.

Make a trade.

"But who can the Bucs possibly have that other teams might want?" you ask.

Ever heard of a guy called LeGarrette Blount?


Then let us enlighten you.

Blount has rushed for 1904 yards over the last three years, has averaged 4.6 yards per rush over his career and weighs 247 pounds. 

He's clearly a  talented running back, but the Bucs have not used him effectively in 2012, as he has only gotten to carry the rock 33 times in seven games.

His starting job has been given to rookie Doug Martin, who is just beginning to reach his potential as a runner.

Since Blount is a good player and the Bucs have little use for him, they should trade him.

He would be a great fit in Green Bay, which is tied for third-worst in the league in yards per rush. The Packers lack firepower in the backfield, and "Blount Force" can contribute immediately for the team which looks to make a deep push in the playoffs.

In return for Blount, Tampa could take its pick of offensive lineman, of which the Cheeseheads—people still call them that, right?—have a surplus. Current bench warmers Evan Dietrich-Smith and Greg Van Roten would prove to be upgrades over Larsen and Meredith, and although the Bucs would probably only get one of the two linemen, they might possibly receive some extra compensation in the form of draft picks, as Blount's value exceeds that of the linemen.

While it might seem unlikely, trading Blount away to the Packers in exchange for an offensive lineman would be the best possible move to improve the Buccaneers' offensive line.


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