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Jason Taylor deal close?



Talk of a Jason Taylor-to-the-Bucs deal is gaining strength, and we're hearing a trade may already be agreed to.

As told to us, the deal would involve, at a minimum, the Bucs' second-round pick, No. 52 overall, in exchange for the 33-year-old likely Hall-of-Famer.

The Bucs have continued to bemoan the lack of a consistent pass rush, and adding a player with 117 career sacks would certainly be a step in the right direction. But there are challenges involved in this potential deal, not the least of which is addressing Taylor's contract. Taylor is scheduled to earn $17-million over the final two years of his contract.

It's conceivable there will be an agreement in place before the trade to restructure the contract, but it's too early to say.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:01pm]


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