The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed offensive tackle Torrin Tucker, a restricted free agent, to an offer sheet. Normally if a team allows a restricted free agent to leave, the new team must compensate the old team with a 1st and a 3rd round draft pick. This is what would have happened if the Bucs allowed Chris Simms to go somewhere else, but there is good news.
The Cowboys have one week to match the offer extended to Tucker by the Bucs. If the Cowboys don’t match the offer, Tucker will become a Buccaneer. Tampa Bay would not have to compensate Dallas as Tucker entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2003. When I first read this, I lost interest in the NFL Draft, because I thought our 1st round pick was gone. However, Tucker was never drafted so the Bucs don't pay THANK GOD. I hope we sign him, we need all the help on the offensive line we can get. If he signs with us, I think the Bucs might look else where in the draft instead of offensive linemen. I have talked with one of my best friends who is a Dallas fan, and he says Tucker is good, but he does not think the Cowboys will match it.
Tuckers Stats: Tucker, 26, has started 24 of the 36 games he’s played in as a Cowboy since entering the league in 2003.
The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Tucker has the ability to play both tackle positions. Last season, Tucker started 10 games at left tackle. In 2004, he started 13 games at right tackle.