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Bucs taking things slow before getting back to work



With the NFL technically open for business today in the wake of this week's court ruling that the owners' lockout is illegal, the Bucs are taking things a bit slower than some other teams.

While other clubs are already talking about getting on the field as early as next week, Bucs union represetative Jeff Faine said that, right now, there are only plans for players to meet with general manager Mark Dominik. Faine said players would meet with Dominik beginning today and into next week but they haven't gotten too in depth on plans beyond that.

One change today, Faine said, is that he was able to freely speak with his coaches. Already today he's spoken to strength coach Kurtis Schultz and some of the team's offensive coaching staff.

The Bucs, like a lot of teams, are likely waiting for a decision from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on whether the NFL's request for a temporary stay of this week's lockout-ending ruling. If the appeals court grants that request, things would come to halt until an actual decision on a permanent stay that would be in place until the appeal is decided in court, a process that would take a great deal of time.

If there's ruling on a temporary stay today, as expected, then the NFL would likely establish some parameters governing what teams can and can't do, like signing free agents. Until then, the term "open for business" is only partially true.

"You'd like to know exactly what's going on, but right now it's just a little frustrating," Faine said.

[Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2011 12:05pm]


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