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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Are Bucs done wheeling, dealing for defensive lineman?

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The Bucs trade of Gaines Adams to the Chicago Bears for a second round pick in 2010 says GM Mark Dominik is committed to stockpiling draft choices to rebuild the defense.

But the timing of the deal -- coming four days before the NFL trading deadline -- could mean the Bucs have their eyes on another defensive lineman who is on the block.

There are two intriguing prospects that make sense for the Bucs. In no particular order, the Green Bay Packers reportedly are willing to part with defensive end Aaron Kampman, who lost his effectivenes when the team switched to a 3-4 scheme under defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

Kampman is in the final year of his contract and has one sack this season. But his 37.5 sacks from 2006 through last season ranked third in the NFL only behind the Cowboys DeMarcus Ware and the Vikings' Jared Allen.

Another possibility is Kansas City defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. The fifth overall pick in 2008 was hurt by the Chiefs' switch to a 3-4 scheme under new coach Todd Haley. Dorsey has just 21 pro games and a perfect fit for defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme. But $22.5-million of his rookie contract is guaranteed.

In the end, however, it's more likely that the Bucs keep the pick and use it next April to rebuild.

The 2010 draft is very deep in defensive linemen -- particularly defensive tackles -- and cornerbacks. The Bucs could use plenty of each and it only makes sense to wait. Remember, the Bucs dealt their second-round pick last year and a fifth-rounder in 2010 to Cleveland for Kellen Winslow.

More than anything, the trade Friday night sends another message to the Bucs' young players that everyone is going to be held accountable. Dominik and coach Raheem Morris are using this season to determine who can play. At 0-5, it's fair to say they're focused on 2010 and beyond.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:45pm]

    

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