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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

New Bucs land in Tampa with plans for a quick turnaround



The Bucs introduced the three newest pillars of their organization this afternoon, holding a spirited press conference at One Buc Place with free-agent pickups Vincent Jackson, Eric Wright and Carl Nicks.

While each traveled different roads to Tampa, they all opted to join the Buccaneers for similar reasons – besides the combined $140 million in contracts they garnered.

This is a trio that has bought into the Bucs’ intentions to show rapid improvement after last season’s 4-12 campaign.

“It’s very appealing to us,” Jackson said of the opportunity. “It’s an opportunity to do something special. If we didn’t believe that it could happen here with the guys that they have, we probably would’ve been happy to stay where we were at. But Coach (Greg Schiano) called me yesterday right on time. He said, ‘We’re going to start this thing.’ We’re all hungry to prove something. I can’t wait for that first ball to be kicked off.”

Nicks, who the Bucs made the NFL’s highest-paid guard with a $47.5 million deal, was energized by the team’s seeming intent to make a push for a big season.

“Right when I got off the plane (on Tuesday night), I checked my phone and I saw that they had signed Jackson,” Nicks said. “I said, ‘Okay, they’re doing something here.’ We’re all kind of starting fresh. To be a part of something that’s eventually going to be great is a good feeling. And to know that I’m a building block, it’s a good feeling. It’s humbling and it makes you hungry and it makes you want to work. I look forward to the challenge.”

For Eric Wright, who the Bucs flew in from the West Coast on a chartered jet along with Vincent Jackson, has big plans with the Bucs.

“You get to know people (around the league) and they all say the same thing: It’s a team you want to play for and it’s an organization that you want to be a part of,” Wright said. “Everybody has one goal and that’s to win. I want to help them win and I’m here now, so that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 3:50pm]


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