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Keep eye on Vilma; What about Haynesworth?

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February

As the night goes on, we're getting stronger indications of the Bucs' interest in Saints free agent LB Jonathan Vilma.

His is a name we'd heard before, but it seems to keep popping up, so we're definitely paying heed. Vilma was traded to the Saints from the Jets last year. New Orleans wants to retain him, but because of a technicality in the trade, the Saints couldn't do a contract extension with him before the start of free agency.

That means the Bucs and others will get their crack at him, and it's likely a call to Vilma will be one of the first placed from One Buc Place after the 12:01 kickoff to free agency.

On the Albert Haynesworth front, there's a lot of speculation but very little concrete information. We know about the Redskins' reported interest in the mammoth Tennessee defensive tackle, but we've been unable to get a true read of the Bucs' position.

I will, however, say this much: it doesn't appear they've ruled him out, though I'm going to stop well short of predicting them making a serious effort to land him tonight.

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

    

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