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Bucs lose free-agent fullback Lorig to Saints



The Bucs have lost free-agent fullback Erik Lorig, who played on 37 percent of the team's offensive snaps last season, to a four-year deal with the division-rival New Orleans Saints.

Lorig, 27, had limited touches with the Bucs -- zero carries in four seasons, 30 catches in four years, including 11 for 47 yards last season -- but was a key blocker, and a player the Bucs had made efforts to re-sign before the free-agency period began. Lorig, who was a defensive end at Stanford converted as a 2010 seventh-round draft pick out of Stanford, had been recruited out of high school by Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford when he was head coach at Cal.

Lorig's departure leaves the Bucs without any fullbacks with NFL experience -- Spencer Larsen, who played sparingly last season, is also an unrestricted free agent. The Bucs have former FSU back Lonnie Pryor, who was signed from the Jaguars' practice squad for the final six weeks of last season but was inactive in all six games.

Lorig is the fourth Bucs free agent to sign elsewhere -- linebacker Dekoda Watson signed with the Jaguars, linebacker Adam Hayward with the Redskins and guard Ted Larsen with the Cardinals. The Bucs have 11 unsigned unrestricted free agents, as well as kicker Lawrence Tynes and offensive linemen Davin Joseph and Donald Penn, who were recently released.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:02pm]


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