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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Bucs sign June

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March

A day after visiting the Bucs in Tampa, free agent linebacker and former Pro Bowl selection Cato June signed with Tampa Bay today.

The terms and length of the contract aren't known at this time, but the addition of June, formerly of the Colts, is one of the bigger moves of this offseason for the Bucs.

His signing leads to some immediate questions. Chief among them: where will he play? June is primarily a weak-side linebacker. The strong side of the offense is considered the side where a tight end is lined up. The weak-side linebacker lines up on the opposite side.

A former safety, June is solid in pass coverage and is adept at freelancing in open areas. All of that sounds like another fairly well-known Bucs linebacker: weak-side starter Derrick Brooks. It doesn't seem conceivable that June would supplant Brooks, but it will be interesting to see what the team's future plans are.

Whether June moves to the strong side remains to be seen. That's where Ryan Nece has been the starter off and on for the past four seasons.

But whatever the Bucs ultimately decide to do with June, they are sure to use him extensively given his standout play in Indianapolis. June, 27, led the Super-Bowl champion Colts in tackles last season with 142.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:44pm]

    

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