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Bucs free agents about to learn their fates



If things stays on course on the labor front, the NFL could be back to business in just a few days. And one of the first orders of business for the Bucs and other teams will be determining what to do with their own free agents.

The Bucs have several key free agents on which to make decisions, but we've gone through the roster to come up with a complete list as we head toward the anticipated opening of the negotiating period.

Here, then, to the best of our knowledge, are the Bucs' unrestricted free agents (players with expired contracts and at least four seasons of credited service):

LB Quincy Black: Two-year starter at strong-side; could draw real interest

DE Tim Crowder: Reliable backup and good locker room presence

TE John Gilmore: Veteran likely to be pushed aside by addition of Luke Stocker

LB Adam Hayward: Special teams ace and solid backup could return

G Davin Joseph: One of the league's better guards; Probably gets big payday from Bucs

LB Niko Koutouvides: Special teams contributor could be retained for depth

LB Barrett Ruud: Comes down to money after two years of rejected contract demands

WR Maurice Stovall: Another big special-teamer but lacks track record as a receiver

OT Jeremy Trueblood: Could probably be retained with a moderate contract

DE Stylez White: Likely the odd man out after top two draft picks used on DEs

Cadillac Williams: Was well-cast as third-down back but might be hoping for starting role

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 3:28pm]


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