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Vincent Could Prove To Be Bargain Buy For Bucs
Posted Jul 12, 2010 by Roy Cummings
Updated Jul 12, 2010 at 08:51 AM
By ROY CUMMINGS
TAMPA – The most eye-popping aspect of the Keydrick Vincent signing is not that the Bucs saw fit to sign a 32-year-old guard. It’s that they saw fit to sign a 32-year-old guard to a two-year $4.5 million contract.
That sounds an awful lot like the kind of money a team would give a projected starter, but the deal the Bucs gave Vincent isn’t quite as lucrative as it appears on the surface.
Vincent’s contract includes no guaranteed payouts of any kind – no signing bonus, no roster bonus, no workout bonus – and because it calls for base salaries of $1 million in 2010 and 2011, it is very incentive laden.
It’s safe to say then that the Bucs haven’t committed all that much money to Vincent and that their decision to sign him was done primarily to add some depth to the offensive line.
Depth up front is a glaring area of need for the Bucs, and by adding Vincent to the mix they have addressed the problem in a way that can protect them should one of their top guards go down.
Vincent may even serve to push projected starting left guard Jeremy Zuttah, but Vincent doesn’t have a whole lot more experience at left guard than Zuttah, who replaced Arron Sears on an emergency fill-in basis last year.
The last time Vincent played left guard on a regular basis was in 2003, when he started nine games there for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Other than that he has just one start there, that in 2001.
Vincent could still prove quite handy, though, especially if left tackle Donald Penn remains unsigned. Though his time there is limited, Vincent could still give the Bucs an experienced hand on quarterback Josh Freeman’s blind side.
With the Bucs facing the prospect of having to play untried second-year pro Demar Dotson at left tackle, Vincent could prove to be quite valuable after all, no matter what the terms of his contract are.