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Bucs, linebacker Quincy Black working toward new contract



The Bucs and linebacker Quincy Black are working toward a new contract and hope to strike a deal soon, according to Black's agent.

Harold Lewis said he has been in talks with general manager Mark Dominik about a multi-year deal that would alllow Tampa Bay to retain its 2007 third-round pick and two-year starter.

Black, 27, has made it clear to the Bucs that his first preference is to remain in Tampa Bay, although other teams have expressed serious interest.

"We have some interest out there, but his first option is to stay with the Bucs," Lewis said today. "He's a kid who kind of grew up without family and had a rough time. Now, he's got a family with the Bucs."

Lewis hoped a deal could be finalized in the next day or so and was optimistic.

"We're just trying to find a deal that's fair for both sides," he said.

Black had 84 tackles in 2009, his last full season. In 2010, an injury-shortened season, he registered 61 stops in 11 games before going on injured reserve.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 1:42pm]


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