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Bucs taking look at rookie free agents



The first order of business after every draft is to reach out to your priority rookie free agent prospects, something the Bucs were in the process of doing Sunday evening.

One of the first players they agreed to a deal with was Florida International S Marchall McDuffie, according to the Miami Herald.

McDuffie is 6-2 and 212 pounds and had 26 tackles and three interceptions in 2008. He reportedly worked out for the Bucs last week. Look for the Bucs to add a quarterback through this method, too, although it's expected that it would only be a tryout contract, giving them someone to spell Josh Freeman in next weekend's rookie minicamp.

Do not -- I repeat -- do not overreact to news of the team signing another quarterback. Chances are he won't be around past the weekend. Nebraska QB Joe Ganz was rumored to be a target of the Bucs, but he told the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald tonight that wasn't the case.

Don't forget, the Bucs have had some success locating legitimate prospects this way. Clifton Smith, last year's NFC Pro Bowl return man, was a rookie free agent a year ago.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:31pm]


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