TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have parted ways with two-time Pro Bowl right guard and offensive captain Davin Joseph.
Joseph, 30, was the Bucs first-round pick (23rd overall) in the 2006 draft and he immediately became a fixture at the right guard spot.
He started 99 of the 100 games he played for the team, including all 16 last year but struggled to bounce back to form following a 2012 knee injury.
“Their house, their rules,’’ Joseph said of the release. “There have been a lot of changes in Tampa the last couple months.’’
Joseph, who was slated to make $6 million in 2014, said he was not given a reason for the release by new coach Lovie Smith or general manager Jason Licht.
“I’m not really surprised because nothing that happens in this business is surprising,’’ Joseph said. “I just hope now that my time in free agency won’t last long.
“I’m anxious to get out there and get with someone else and show them how I play. It’s a new challenge for me, a new adventure.’’