Tampa Bay Buccaneers players better discover coach Lovie Smith’s favorite restaurant and treat him to dinner – tonight.
Smith continued his house cleaning by releasing former Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn on Thursday.
Tampa Bay signed Cincinnati left tackle Anthony Collins to a five-year deal worth $30 million. That enabled Smith to release Penn, who was slated to earn $6.75 million this season. Penn signed a six-year, $41.7 million contract in 2010.
Former Bucs coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik assembled a team Smith does not believe he can win with.
So far, Smith has released guard Davin Joseph, cornerback Darrelle Revis and Penn. He has signed defensive end Michael Johnson, cornerback Alterraun Verner, tight end Brandon Myers, defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, quarterback Josh McCown and Collins during free agency. Smith announced McCown was his quarterback, not Mike Glennon, during a press conference on Wednesday.
Penn, 30, will not be out of work for long.
He is currently the best free agent left tackle in the free agency market. The Oakland Raiders are most likely to pursue Penn. Oakland allowed left tackle Jared Veldheer to walk in free agency, while Rodger Saffold failed a physical after signing with the Raiders. Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Olson coached Penn in Tampa Bay, and the Raiders have plenty of money to spend in free agency.
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