When the Bucs move Cheltenhaum to Tampa Bay, it will be an upgrade for the team
Bucs owner Mark Cuban announced the move Wednesday night in an Instagram post.
“I want to congratulate Chelta on his successful four-year tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” he wrote.
“We are excited to welcome him back to Tampa and we look forward to working with him to help us win a championship in Tampa.”
Chelteham will fill a role that the Bucs have struggled to fill in recent years.
He will be the team’s sixth offensive lineman in the last five years.
The Bucs have used the same four-man line that they used for three seasons (2013, 2014, 2015) to lead to one playoff appearance.
That team was coached by former Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter, who was fired last season.
The team’s offensive line is not bad, but it is not good.
Chelton Hammons, who played with Koetter in Tampa, was a first-round pick of the Cardinals in 2010.
The position has been in flux since Hammons was drafted.
The Cardinals drafted right tackle Germain Ifedi and left tackle Russell Okung in the third round last year.
The Buccaneers had a pair of second-round picks last year, and they drafted offensive tackle Kyle Juszczyk and defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy in the first round.
Chelanham is the third offensive lineman to leave the Bucs this offseason.
The franchise has been looking for an upgrade at tackle, but has been unable to find one.
Chellteham was expected to be the next offensive lineman the Bucs would look to move, but his playing time has dropped this season.
Chelishem’s contract will pay him $8.5 million this year and $9 million in 2019.
The former University of Miami product is 31.
Chelonhaum will be paid a base salary of $6.5 to $7.5, which is a substantial amount for a player of his caliber.
He is entering the final year of his contract.
Chelihaum, who is expected to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, has played in three games this season and recorded three tackles.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that Chelanhaum was in the middle of a contract dispute with the Bucs last season after the team traded him to Tampa for three first- and third-round draft picks.
Chelvashem, who spent most of the 2015 season in the New York Jets’ offensive line, will join a team that has a solid starting offensive line.
He has appeared in two games with the Buccaneers this season, starting one.
He played right tackle in each of the first two games of the season, and has started all four games.
The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Chelan hails from Orlando, Florida.
He was drafted by the Bucs in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL draft.
He had three seasons of NFL experience with Tampa Bay before the Bucs drafted him.
Chelshem played three seasons in the NFL, including one with the New England Patriots, from 2010 to 2014.
He began his career with the Bills and then played one season with the Jets.
Chelashem was waived by the Jets in 2014, but then signed with the Giants as a free agent in 2016.
He appeared in five games with Tampa as a rookie.
Chelivashema spent most last season with St. Louis before returning to the Bills.
Chelfshem is entering his fourth NFL season after being a third-team All-Pro in 2015 and a second-team selection last season by the Tampa Tribune.
He recorded 34 tackles, six sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery during his career in St. Lawrence.
Cheltashems most notable NFL play came with Tampa in 2012, when he recorded 11 tackles, two sacks, two passes defensed and a pass breakup in a win over the Oakland Raiders.
Chelches career has been cut short by injury.
He suffered a torn pectoral muscle in his right knee in Week 2 of last season’s season.
He then underwent surgery to repair the torn pectorals in his left knee.
Chelams career in Tampa was cut short last year by a torn left pector that was surgically repaired.
He made the Pro Bowl in 2012 and had a career-high 28 tackles, one sack and a forced miss against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3 of the 2012 season.