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Freeman updates offensive coordinator Olson on off-season progress at free agent dinner



Maybe the Bucs don't want Josh Freeman to go anywhere without protection.

The Tampa Bay quarterback was surrounded by guard Davin Joseph and tackle Jeremy Trueblood, two of the team's premier free agents, at a dinner Wednesday night at 717 South Restuarant in south Tampa.

The reason for the gathering, according to general manager Mark Dominik, was to wine and dine the Bucs' own free agents and provide them with the kind of experience they might receive by visiting other NFL teams.

But the table was set for Freeman to brief offensive coordinator Greg Olson on the progress he and his teammates made during the lockout at workouts organized by the Bucs' captain. 

"Oh yeah. we went to dinner last night, had a real long conversation about the off-season, about what we had going on,'' Freeman said of the dinner, which also was attended by coach Raheem Morris, offensive line coach Pat Morris and Dominik. "I mean, the only way we could keep up was through the media, (Olson) could check up on what we were doing. But we caught up, we talked about stuff we went over, plays, protections, shifts, motions, lots of different things. I feel like we got a lot accomplished and we're right where we should be.

"We talked about it before, before the lockout hit. We had a pretty good plan going into it, pretty much stuck to that plan and got it done.''

Freeman, who organized a three-day minicamp in Bradenton last month,  is hopeful both Joseph and Trueblood return.

"Yeah, it was a good time, man,'' Freeman said. "Those two guys, they're huge. They're a huge part of our offense. Those two guys, veteran guys on this team. Both leaders. Yeah, man, it would be great to get both those guys back.''

The Bucs have only reached an agreement with one free agent -- linebacker Quincy Black, who is set to sign a five-year, $29-million deal. 

"(Dominik) is definitely keeping me in the loop as far as what we have going,'' Freeman said. "But as far as our offense goes, we're pretty content with the guys that we have. We've got a lot of guys who can go out and make plays and we know we can win with the guys we have. It's exciting, obviously there's some pieces in free agency you really want to get back. But at the same time, we're prepared to move forward.''



[Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2011 1:00pm]


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