The Buccaneers have made it clear they want to make Tom Brady feel comfortable in the pocket. During last week’s draft, they traded up to the 13th pick of the first round to select Tristan Wirfs, OT from Iowa. They have also added former Colts veteran utility, OL Joe Haeg. Although there may be more glaring holes to fill on the roster, the Bucs continued to add protection for Tom Brady. Per Greg Auman of The Athletic, the Bucs are bringing back veteran OL Josh Wells. Wells is brought back on a 1 year, team friendly 910 thousand dollar deal.
Although not a huge name, this is a big under the radar addition for the Bucs. With a short, twisted NFL off-season in front of us, familiarity for organizations is key. Bringing back Josh Wells may give newbies like Joe Haeg and Tristan Wirfs a shoulder to lean on. Wells has started 11 career games, including 2 this past season for Tampa. He has played for a total of 52 in his career for Jacksonville and the Buccaneers.
The addition for Wells also brings versatility to the Bucs offensive line. Wells can play either tackle position, as he did last season. He saw time at both LT and RT, including a start in the Buccaneers London showdown with Carolina.
With the Bucs already needing to feed their playbook to new combers TB12, Gronk, Haeg, and the rookie class, Wells can help be a leader in the locker room.
Although some may wonder how this impacts fantasy football – it certainly does. Giving the Buccaneers a veteran, experienced OL who knows the playbooks only bodes well for the likes of QB Tom Brady, RB Ronald Jones, and rookie RB Ke’shawn Vaughn. If the big 3 additions of Wells, Haeg, and Wirfs pays off for the Buccaneers, it can pay dividends for fantasy owners, respectively.
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