TAMPA — As widely expected, the Bucs have picked up the fifth-year option on offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs, who earned the second Pro Bowl nod of his brief career in 2022.
The move represents a huge pay spike for the former No. 13 overall draft pick, who will be guaranteed a salary of slightly more than $18.2 million for 2024, though the Bucs could sign him to a long-term deal before then. The team signed nose tackle Vita Vea to a four-year, $73 million extension in January 2022, nine months after picking up his fifth-year option.
Wirfs is set to earn a $2.8 million base salary this season.
In three seasons, Wirfs’ blend of strength, agility and consistency prompted some to project him as a Hall of Famer should he stay healthy. He has allowed only five sacks in 3,186 regular-season offensive snaps at right tackle during his three-year career, and he has been whistled for 10 penalties in 46 regular-season starts.
He recently acknowledged the possibility of a move to left tackle following the release of veteran Donovan Smith.
“Yeah, I’ve definitely been working (on the left side) just in case,” Wirfs said last week.
“I’ve been working both, just covering my bases. I don’t think anything’s been confirmed. I’ve been seeing what everyone on Twitter says. So, we’ll wait till the draft, wait till we sign somebody. Who knows? Whatever happens, happens. I’ll be ready.”
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