The Tampa Bay Buccaneers left their first preseason game knowing that the starting guard duo of Oniel Cousins and Jamon Meredith would get trounced repeatedly, as those two would have easily formed the league’s worst guard partnership, especially if Cousins’s 2013 season with the Cleveland Browns is any indication of his lack of starting ability. Those two could have undone the underrated Demar Dotson, big-name offseason signing at LT Anthony Collins, and solid center Evan Dietrich-Smith. Thus, the Bucs decision to trade a fourth-round pick and Tim Wright for Logan Mankins was an exceptional move. The deal is harder to analyze from the New England Patriots perspective (it was really all about money for them), but it’s easy to see that Jason Licht and the Buccaneers got exactly what they wanted and needed out of that one.
According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers have cut ties with right guard Jamon Meredith, and this was an obvious move for the Bucs to make. One of the former starters was going to get cut, but Cousins has the benefit of being an offseason signing. Meredith was here last year, so he has no ties to Lovie Smith, who liked Cousins enough to want him on the squad.
Meredith was demoted from his starting gig at the opener, so I shouldn’t really be referring to him as a starter, but that’s where he once was on the Buccaneers. Now, he’s a free agent, but it will be easy for him to latch on somewhere due to his versatility (can play tackle or guard).