Bucs release Sean Mahan, add another offensive lineman
UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: The Bucs have made Mahan's release official. He was let go and replaced on the roster by the signing of guard Marcus Johnson, a 2005 second-round pick of the Vikings. He started 18 games for Minnesota before joining the Raiders this offseason. Oakland released him Monday.
POSTED, 12:23 p.m.: The Bucs have reportedly informed C-G Sean Mahan he will be released.
Mahan does not appear to be present for today's practice, which is getting underway right now. The news is being reported by the National Football Post.
Mahan returned to Tampa Bay last year and provided depth on the interior offensive line. If he is indeed released, the move would be a sign the Bucs are pleased with the progress of some of their young reserve linemen. The Bucs have been looking at backup center prospects like Rob Bruggeman, an undrafted player from the University of Iowa. They also claimed center Jonathan Compas off waivers from the Raiders on Tuesday.
We've learned the Bucs have not been pleased with Mahan's recent performance and have discussed releasing him in recent weeks. It was clear they didn't think too highly of him when he was asked earlier in the year to restructure his contract. Still, he was due to make $1.6 million in base salary this season, something that likely was a factor in this decision.