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Bucs Could Make a Splash in Free Agency

In 2012, the Tampa Bay Bucs will have around $60 million in cap room. This means that they will have a lot of money to spend on free agents. Now, Mark Dominik, the GM, has stated that he would like to do more in free agency many times. The biggest needs for the Bucs are at the cornerback, running back, and linebacker positions. One could argue that the offensive line needs some help, too.

The Buccaneers have recently been linked to soon-to-be free agent cornerback, Cortland Finnegan. A CBSSports report cited “unamed sources” as saying that the Bucs have expressed interest in Finnegan. This makes sense for the Bucs because of the uncertainty at the position, regarding Ronde Barber and Aqib Talib. The Bucs expect both to be back, but they can never be too sure.

Another viable option would be to beef up the running back position. The Bucs could do this through the draft, via Trent Richardson, or they could go after someone like Peyton Hillis. I don’t think that will happen, though. The Bucs have also been linked to Carl Nicks, who is one of the top guards in the NFL. He probably won’t return to the Saints so Tampa Bay could be after Nicks. An offensive line consisting of Donald Penn, Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks, Jeremy Zuttah, and maybe Jeff Faine, would be a solid O-line. Protecting Josh Freeman should be a top priority.

Either way, I don’t think the Bucs will be able to rely solely on the draft this year. They will have to make some aquisitions through free agency. If they make the right moves, we could see a much better football team on the field next season.


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