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Tampa Bay to Be a Major Player in Free Agency?

Will the Bucs be major players in the free agent market? Yes, according to ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas, who wrote a bit earlier about the team and what they will do. Here is the story below about the Bucs and what they will do:

“A lot of folks around the league are anxious to see what the Bucs have up their sleeves.

After releasing defensive ends Greg Spires and Kevin Carter, Tampa Bay has more than $40 million in cap space. General manager Bruce Allen and coach Jon Gruden are bright enough to realize they can’t sit tight, even though they made the playoffs last season.

The Bucs were 9-7, but lucked out at times. They have to get better to be a serious contender, and their wish list starts with playmakers at running back and wide receiver. They also were sniffing around Gross before the Panthers put the franchise tag on him. A lot of people assume Pittsburgh guard Alan Faneca will end up in Arizona, but the Bucs might make a play to strengthen the interior of their offensive line.

The Bucs also need to rebuild at defensive end and find some cornerback help because Ronde Barber is aging. But no talk of Tampa Bay’s plans would be complete without mentioning quarterbacks.

The Bucs have Jeff Garcia for the present, but Gruden likes to stockpile players at this position. The one thing Gruden — who has won big with Brad Johnson and Rich Gannon — lacks is a quarterback for the future.”

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