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Darius heads West



Free agent safety Donovin Darius got a brief look from the Bucs, but Tampa Bay didn't pull the trigger on the veteran who is coming off a broken ankle.

So, on Tuesday, the Raiders instead signed the former Jaguar who earlier this summer left Jacksonville as the franchise's career leader in tackles.

At the moment, it seems the Bucs will stand pat at safety. Darius was the most attractive free agent safety left on the market. Tampa Bay's decision to resist signing him possibly means the Bucs are happy to enter training camp with last year's starters Will Allen (free safety) and Jermaine Phillips (strong safety) along with rookies Sabby Piscitelli and Tanard Jackson, among others.

At this point, the most attractive names left on the market are (over-the-hill?) veterans like Robert Griffith and Sammy Knight. So, it's probably wise not to expect a big splash at this position.

We'll know soon whether it was the right call or not.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:46pm]


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