SR’s Fab 5: Will Bucs center Ryan Jensen get a contract extension?

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FAB 1. It’s Jensen Flip For An Extension From Bucs

Bucs normal supervisor Jason Licht appreciated Ryan Jensen the primary time he met him. The 2 Midwesterners immediately bonded on a free agent recruiting journey.

Maybe it was Licht’s background as a school guard. Perhaps it was the truth that Licht liked the truth that Jensen’s red-hot temperament on the sphere matched his lengthy crimson hair. Licht had a customized “Large Crimson” Bucs helmet made to assist sway Jensen to signal with Tampa Bay over different groups that have been in sizzling pursuit.

After one full season as a starter in Baltimore in 2017, Licht made a daring transfer, making Jensen the highest-paid middle within the league in 2018 with a four-year, $42 million contract. Jensen had a 72.3 grade from Professional Soccer Focus in his closing season with the Ravens on the age of 26. However in his first 12 months in Tampa Bay, Jensen wasn’t as his greatest.

He confirmed up chubby and admittedly a little bit big-headed about his new contract. Jensen dedicated 11 penalties, gave up one sack, 10 hits and 25 QB pressures. Embarrassed, he vowed to enhance his play in 2019, which he did upon the arrival of Bruce Arians and a brand new teaching workers.

Arians’ power-man blocking scheme match Jensen like a glove. He trimmed down, and extra importantly, he reduce down on the penalties – committing simply three in 2019. He additionally allowed fewer hits (three) and fewer QB pressures (15) whereas incomes a 79.3 grade from Professional Soccer Focus.

Final 12 months he earned a 64.9 grade from PFF whereas committing 4 penalties, surrendering 4 sacks, 4 hits and 23 QB pressures. However offensive line guru Brandon Thorn of Trench Warfare, who was on Wednesday’s Pewter Report Podcast, disagrees with PFF’s grades and states that Jensen is the very best middle within the league following the Bucs’ Tremendous Bowl LV season.

“I believe the final two seasons he’s developed to an extent to the place I consider he has a really robust case to be thought of the very best middle within the NFL,” Thorn stated. “I’ve sort of went out on a limb and stated that he has been the final couple of years. Final 12 months I had him as a second-team All-Professional, so final 12 months I didn’t suppose he was fairly the very best. However he’s within the dialog. He’s an elite participant due to the issues he does properly. Whenever you watch the sheer variety of instances that he’s placing guys on the bottom, no middle compares to him. I don’t know if PFF tracks knockdowns. I don’t consider they do, however that’s one thing that I’d have an interest to trace simply as one other knowledge level as a result of I do suppose that there’s some worth there.

“To me once you watch Ryan Jensen play, his capacity to impose his will on defenders and tilt them and create imbalances of their base after which put them within the floor. It’s simply unparalleled. He’s doing it to Kenny Clark, he’s doing it to Da’Ron Payne, Michael Brockers – he’s doing it to all these guys. He’s placing them within the floor and he’s having dominant reps towards them. I’d problem anyone to seek out any middle who’s placing excessive degree inside defensive linemen on their again anyplace close to the speed that Ryan Jensen has during the last two seasons. That’s not counting linebackers and DBs, who he obliterates.”

Thorn stated that Jensen is likely one of the league’s greatest full facilities.

“He additionally could be very constantly refined and dependable in move safety,” Thorn stated. “He very hardly ever misses an project and when he does it’s as a result of he’s being requested to cowl two gaps over and he simply can’t get there in time. He’s excellent about retaining the A gaps clear.

Bucs C Ryan Jensen

Bucs C Ryan Jensen – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

“As a run blocker I believe he’s excellent. He can create motion within the downhill, vertical duo kind system that Tampa runs. He can get out in area successfully and be an asset that manner. He’s a various run blocker with a extremely good ability set, and I believe he’s a dominant move protector at this level. That was one thing I believe he was the weakest at in Baltimore. However now it’s like reversed. He’s simply turn into a extremely good move blocker. All that stuff is why I believe he’s probably the most impactful middle within the NFL.”

As Jensen enters his closing season with the Bucs the place he’s set to earn $10 million, it’s time to increase his contract. He’s earned it.

Whereas there’s some thought at One Buccaneer Place about letting Jensen play out the ultimate 12 months of his contract to see how he performs at age 30, Licht can be pondering doing an extension previous to the beginning of the season.

Jensen is the league’s fifth-highest paid middle in 2020, averaging $10.5 million per season. Detroit’s Frank Ragnow leads the way in which, averaging $13.5 million per season. Subsequent up is Los Angeles Chargers middle Corey Linsley, who averages $12.5 million per 12 months, adopted by Indianapolis’ Ryan Kelly at a median of $12.4125 million. Cleveland’s J.C. Trotter is simply forward of Jensen, averaging $10.85 million per 12 months.

Whereas some offensive linemen can play properly into their 30s, facilities hardly ever do. That’s as a result of speedy banging facilities face off the snap and the double groups they have interaction in.

San Francisco’s Alex Mack is the oldest present middle at 36. He’s additionally making simply $4.95 million in 2021 as a result of he’s within the twilight of his profession. Philadelphia’s Jason Kelce ($9 million) is 34 and nearing the top of his profession. Three facilities are age 32 – Tennessee’s Ben Jones, Carolina’s Matt Paradis and Arizona’s Rodney Hudson – adopted by 10 facilities, who’re 30, together with Jensen.

“He’s performed one hundred pc of snaps each season during the last 4 previous to final 12 months the place he performed 99 % of snaps,” Thorn stated. “I don’t suppose any middle within the league has been as obtainable for his staff as constantly as Ryan Jensen has during the last 4 years.”

Bucs C Ryan Jensen and LG Ali Marpet

Bucs C Ryan Jensen and LG Ali Marpet – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

“The one factor that can maintain Jensen again subsequent 12 months is damage,” Thorn stated. “Clearly the way in which he performs the sport, the damage and tear, the shelf life – that’s the query. Is it going to fall off? When is that going to occur? When is he not going to have the ability to take care of the accidents he’s already handled in addition to he has – as a result of he’s handled some severe stuff that some individuals might not notice.”

Nothing greater than a two-year extension is smart given Jensen’s age. And retaining him at $10 million appears honest, as he would nonetheless be among the many league’s High 5 highest-paid facilities.

Since Licht signed Jensen in 2018, he’s prolonged the contract of left guard Ali Marpet, and prolonged left sort out Donovan Smith twice.

Now it’s Jensen flip. With quarterback Tom Brady signed via the 2023 season, it solely is smart to increase Jensen for 2 extra years to sync up each contracts.

The Bucs drafted offensive lineman Robert Hainsey within the third spherical in April, and possibly he’s the long-term answer at middle as Jensen’s eventual alternative. However he spent 4 years at Notre Dame primarily at proper sort out.

As Marpet came upon when he moved from proper guard to middle in 2017, it’s not that simple of a transition. The Bucs are higher off retaining Jensen for one more 12 months or two and having him mentor Hainsey. The very last thing Tampa Bay wants throughout its transient Brady-Tremendous Bowl window is sub-par play at middle.

Jensen’s play is way from sub-par. In response to Thorn, it’s elite.

It’s time to make Jensen the most recent Bucs to re-sign with Tampa Bay.

FAB 2. Bucs Wage Cap Replace

Even with the official signing of Antonio Brown this week the Bucs received’t need to make every other roster strikes to signal the three remaining unsigned draft picks – exterior linebacker Joe Tryon, quarterback Kyle Trask and offensive lineman Robert Hainsey. The pay reduce that Cameron Brate took was sufficient to get these rookies signed. And preserve Tampa Bay below the wage cap.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and director of football administration

Bucs GM Jason Licht and director of soccer administration Mike Greenberg – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Bucs at the moment have $1.48 million in cap area with Brown’s signing. And remember that solely the cap numbers of the highest 51 gamers depend within the offseason.

If Tampa Bay prolonged the contract of Ryan Jensen previous to the 2021 marketing campaign it may create extra cap room. Jensen is the sixth-highest paid Buccaneer, and is ready to make $10 million in his contract 12 months. If the Bucs tacked on one other 12 months or two, the staff may decrease his 2021 cap worth by $1 million or extra and provides him a increase in 2022 to compensate.

All groups have been relieved to see the 2022 wage cap rise by 14 % over this 12 months’s $182.5 million. The wage cap subsequent 12 months can be $208.2 million. That may go a protracted approach to serving to re-sign Chris Godwin, Jason Pierre-Paul, Rob Gronkowski and O.J. Howard, William Gholston and others.

The Bucs at the moment have 53 gamers below contract for the 2022 season. They’ve $186,798,397 on the books already, based on OverTheCap.com. Tampa Bay at the moment has $21,401,603 in obtainable cap area in 2022.

FAB 3. Wirfs NFL’s High Proper Deal with, Hainsey Exhibits Promise

Jason Licht has spent eight draft picks on offensive linemen in his eight years because the staff’s normal supervisor. Half of these draft picks – Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet, Alex Cappa and Tristan Wirfs – are starters.

Wirfs, the thirteenth choose within the 2020 draft, could be the very best of them when it’s all stated and finished. After permitting only one sack and being penalized thrice, Wirfs was lately named the sixth greatest offensive sort out within the league, based on Professional Soccer Focus.

Bucs RT Tristan Wirfs

Bucs RT Tristan Wirfs – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Offensive line professional Brandon Thorn of Trenchwarfare thinks Wirfs deserves a fair increased distinction.

“I believed Tristan Wirfs was the very best proper sort out within the NFL final 12 months,” Thorn stated. “From Week 1 to the top of the 12 months. Traits-wise, it’s his anchor. It’s his play power. These two issues I believe are particular. The performances he had towards elite-level competitors, that to me was sufficient for me to exit and say a rookie was the very best participant at his place within the league as a result of he was simply dominating All-Professional degree gamers – or at the least taking part in very properly towards them. Perhaps not dominating all of them, Khalil Mack being an instance of the place clearly he obtained the higher towards them a few instances.

“If I’m projecting proper tackles, it’s him, Ryan Ramczyk, Lane Johnson. These are the three greatest proper tackles within the league in my thoughts.”

If Wirfs can come near having the kind of 2021 season as he did as a rookie he’ll garner severe Professional Bowl and All-Professional consideration.

Licht’s newest offensive line choose, this 12 months’s third-round Robert Hainsey, performed proper sort out at Notre Dame, however will transition inside on the subsequent degree. He performed guard and middle on the Senior Bowl and his fast get off and energy in Cell caught the eye of Tampa Bay’s scouts – in addition to Thorn’s.

“I believe if he has the chance to play as a consequence of damage which you can undoubtedly anticipate to see some actual good flashes from him,” Thorn stated. “Whereas he will get his physique extra developed and features extra purposeful power that – I believe we talked about this on the draft present – he’ll have sort of an identical trajectory to Alex Cappa. He’s very technically sound. I believe he’s faster than Alex Cappa is when it comes to how he strikes laterally and off the ball. I believe he’s a little bit faster, however very related when it comes to needing work on their physique and getting stronger. He can play middle like he did on the Senior Bowl. I believe his ability set interprets very properly to that place.

“I believe it was a very good choose as a result of it offers them a pleasant insurance coverage coverage in case any three of the inside guys go down. Then Hainsey may most likely fill in. These guys have clearly handled accidents the final couple of years. We noticed at the least with Marpet’s case, clearly the dramatic fall of the offense (towards the Saints at dwelling in a 38-3 loss). You may’t have that. That was the weak point of the staff. So to get Hainsey he sort of offers you that insurance coverage if any of these three go down. If the chance introduced itself he wouldn’t be nearly as good as these guys, however I believe he could be as near Cappa as anyone. However you can insert him into the lineup and the drop off wouldn’t be as dramatic.”

Bucs OL Robert Hainsey

Bucs OL Robert Hainsey – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

With reserve A.Q. Shipley retired from taking part in as a consequence of damage and transitioning to teaching in Tampa Bay, and fellow veteran Earl Watford not re-signed, Hainsey fills a vital position as a backup middle to Ryan Jensen. Whereas Hainsey has good place flexibility, Thorn doesn’t see him because the five-position participant like head coach Bruce Arians does.

“I believe they upgraded that backup swing inside lineman spot with him, and I believe he has some fairly good upside to be a median to above common starter for awhile,” Thorn stated. “[Left tackle] could be the place I’d be the least assured in. He simply doesn’t appear to be a left sort out. He doesn’t have the dimension for it. It might be an uncommon sight to see a man like Robert Hainsey do properly at left sort out within the NFL. However I believe proper sort out emergency conditions after which swing inside. That’s how I view him.”

FAB 4. The ten Most Anticipated Seasons In Bucs Historical past

Will the Bucs repeat as Tremendous Bowl champions in 2021? That’s probably the most talked about subjects within the NFL this offseason. And rightfully so, contemplating that for the primary time in NFL historical past all 22 starters from a Tremendous Bowl staff return to defend the title.

In case you thought final 12 months’s Bucs season was closely anticipated as a result of arrival of legendary quarterback Tom Brady and future Corridor of Fame tight finish Rob Gronkowski, the hype surrounding the 2020 marketing campaign can’t match the passion for the 2021 season. However watch out what you would like for, Bucs followers. A few of the most anticipated seasons in Tampa Bay historical past have turned out to be idiot’s gold.

Let’s check out the ten most anticipated seasons in Bucs historical past – and what really occurred.

1. 2021 – Document: TBD

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and GM Jason Licht super bowl

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and GM Jason Licht – Photograph by: USA Right now

Not solely are all of the starters again from the 2020 Tremendous Bowl staff this 12 months, the followers can be again as properly. With Brady’s arrival in Tampa Bay final 12 months each recreation at Raymond James Stadium would have been offered out if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. Ray-Jay is predicted to be rocking at full capability this season, and that has everybody excited. Not solely are the Bucs favorites to win the NFC South this 12 months, they’re favorites to win the NFC once more – and probably repeat as Tremendous Bowl champions.

2. 2020 – Document: 11-5 – Tremendous Bowl champions

Whereas most followers needed to watch Brady and the Bucs from their sofa, having the GOAT in crimson and pewter was excited. With Brady got here hope that the Bucs would make it again to the playoffs, ending a dozen-year drought. Secretly, Tampa Bay followers fantasized about Brady probably making historical past by taking the Bucs to the Tremendous Bowl in their very own stadium. Brady helped Bucs followers’ wildest desires come true – even when most needed to do it at dwelling fairly than on the stadium as a result of pandemic.

3. 2000 – Document: 10-6

The Bucs have been agonizingly near their first Tremendous Bowl in 1999 with Tampa Bay’s protection shutting down St. Louis’ “Biggest Present On Turf.” Though the Bucs, who completed 11-5, held the Rams to simply 11 factors, they scored simply six themselves and misplaced a detailed, powerful NFC Championship Sport. An ideal landing move from Kurt Warner to Ricky Proehl and a questionable no-catch by Bert Emanuel have been the daggers. The Bucs have been alleged to take the following step in 2000, however took a step backwards as a substitute, dropping within the first spherical of the playoffs at Philadelphia on the highway.

4. 1980 – Document: 5-10-1

In simply their fourth 12 months of existence – and with out the assistance of free company – Tampa Bay went 10-6 in 1979 and received the NFC Central division. After a house win over Philadelphia within the first spherical of the playoffs, the Bucs superior to the NFC Championship Sport at dwelling, solely to lose to the L.A. Rams, 9-0. There have been excessive expectations for the Bucs in 1980 in consequence, however after a 2-0 begin, accidents hit the staff exhausting. Tampa Bay would end 5-10-1. The staff misplaced six of its final seven video games and the 1980 season was an enormous disappointment.

5. 2002 – Document: 12-4 – Tremendous Bowl champions

Former Bucs head coach Jon Gruden & owner Malcolm Glazer - Photo by: Getty Images

Former Bucs head coach Jon Gruden & proprietor Malcolm Glazer – Photograph by: USA Right now

After two first-round exits within the playoffs in Philadelphia in 2000 and 2001, the Bucs fired Tony Dungy as a consequence of an underachieving offense. The Glazers made a daring commerce for Oakland’s offensive-minded head coach Jon Gruden, who introduced angle and star energy to Tampa Bay. Expectations have been excessive in Gruden’s first season. The staff properly stored defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and the defensive workers intact and that helped propel the Bucs to their first and solely Tremendous Bowl. Gruden’s offense lastly clicked within the postseason and the 2002 marketing campaign culminated with the staff’s first Tremendous Bowl win over Oakland, which was Gruden’s former staff.

6. 1998 – Document: 8-8

Carrying new crimson and pewter uniforms, the Bucs emerged as an NFC menace in 1997. The staff knocked out Steve Younger, Jerry Rice and the 49ers in Week 1 and began the ’97 season 5-0 en path to going 10-6 with a house wild card win over Detroit. Tampa Bay grew to become a media darling and the stylish choose to win the NFC within the 1998 preseason. Sadly the hype and fame obtained into the Bucs’ heads and the group underachieved in 1998 with an uninspired 8-8 report.

7. 2003 – Document: 7-9

The Bucs have been Tremendous Bowl champs in 2002 and returned most of their starters the following 12 months. Expectations have been excessive for a possible repeat however the confetti was nonetheless reigning down within the minds of a lot of the gamers, who anticipated to indicate up and win on Sundays. The hunters grew to become the hunted and Tampa Bay wasn’t prepared for each opponent’s greatest shot. Shut dwelling losses to Carolina and Indianapolis set the tone, and a public feud between Gruden and Keyshawn Johnson that resulted in Johnson being suspended from the staff sunk the Bucs’ ship. Tampa Bay didn’t even make the playoffs the 12 months after profitable the Tremendous Bowl.

8. 1997 – Document: 10-6

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy and RB Doug Martin – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Expectations have been excessive for Dungy’s second season in Tampa Bay following a 6-10 report in 1996 that featured a 5-2 mark to finish the season. Tampa Bay beat rival Chicago 34-19 within the season finale at dwelling and that ignited curiosity within the staff in 1997. New crimson and pewter uniforms and a brand new menacing crimson pirate flag emblem obtained followers excited for the 1997 marketing campaign and the Bucs didn’t disappoint. The season ended with a 10-6 report and a house playoff win at Detroit. Bucs fever was again after a 13-year hiatus.

9. 2017 – Document: 5-11

The Bucs got here shut to creating the playoffs in Dirk Koetter’s first 12 months, ending 9-7. Expectations have been fueled by the event of quarterback Jameis Winston, the staff’s first-round choose in 2015, and the arrival of HBO’s Laborious Knocks movie crew to doc coaching camp and the preseason. Tampa Bay didn’t deal with the highlight or the expectations properly. Mike Smith’s protection was a catastrophe in 2017 and Winston suffered a shoulder damage. New defensive sort out Chris Baker was a turd and new huge receiver DeSean Jackson was pouty, egocentric participant, contributing to a 5-11 season.

10. 2011 – Document: 4-12

The Bucs went 10-6 in Raheem Morris’ second season as head coach in 2010. Quarterback Josh Freeman had a sensational 12 months throwing for 25 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Feeling that Tampa Bay had “arrived,” normal supervisor Mark Dominik didn’t do a lot so as to add to the roster in 2011 exterior of the draft. The one downside is that the 2010 season was stuffed with smoke and mirrors, that includes fourth quarter comeback wins towards lowly groups like Cleveland, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Arizona to pad the staff’s win whole. After a promising 4-1 begin to the 2011 marketing campaign, Tampa Bay would lose 10 straight in an epic free fall that will value Morris his job.

FAB 5. SR’s Buc Photographs

BUCS’ 2021 SCHEDULE GOT A LITTLE BIT HARDER: Buccaneers.com author Carmen Vitali lately tweeted that the Bucs have the Twenty ninth hardest schedule. That’s primarily based on their opponents’ 2020 data. Nonetheless, when factoring in different variables now that the precise schedule has come out, Tampa Bay has the Twelfth hardest schedule within the league.

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