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It's official: Quincy Black re-joining Bucs with $29 million deal



Linebacker Quincy Black and the Bucs have closed the deal, reaching an agreement on a five-year contract, his agent, Harold Lewis, said.

The deal is worth $29 million and includes a guarantee of $11.5 million, Lewis said. Black, a two-year starter, became an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday. He cannot officially sign his contract until Friday, when the Bucs begin training camp.

From the beginning, the Bucs made it clear they were targeting Black as a priority.

"We got a phone call from (general manager) Mark Dominik (on Tuesday) and he said Quincy was definitely one of the guys he wanted to re-sign," Lewis said.

A day later, the deal was done. The feelings expressed by Dominik were certainly mutual. Black told his agent from the outset he wanted to remain in Tampa and was willing to take less money to do so. Other teams showed interest after the opening of the negotiating period on Tuesday, but it appears things never progressed with any other club because Black and Lewis concentrated their efforts on ensuring Black stayed home.

"Usually, players say (to agents), 'Send me anywhere you want, where the money is,' " Lewis said. "Quincy didn't do that."

Black, considered a versatile and athletic player, is one coach Raheem Morris believes can play multiple roles in the coach's defense. Before coming to terms, Black stressed to the Bucs his desire to have more pass-rushing opportunities, something the team seems open to.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 5:10pm]


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