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SI.com tabs Bucs among 'worst' offseasons

SI.com's Ross Tucker, picking which NFL teams have had the best and worst offseasons, leads off the worst with the Bucs, leading off with a blunt "Where do I start?"

Tucker is critical of the Bucs' change in leadership at head coach and general manager, and writes that Mark Dominik's decision to give tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. a new contract when he had two years left on his rookie deal sends an unclear message to "proven pewter stalwarts" like linebacker Barrett Ruud and tackle Donald Penn, who are waiting for new deals of their own.

The Broncos and Redskins are also chosen as having the worst offseasons, while the Patriots, Eagles and Falcons are Tucker's choices for making the most of the past five months. Do you think the Bucs deserve to be ranked among the league's worst offseasons?

-- We haven't heard much from veteran cornerback Ronde Barber this offseason, but a story at Buccaneers.com talks about his transition to a new defense, and how people who question if he can continue to play at a high level only serve to motivate him as he enters his 13th NFL season.

"Ronde's been one of those guys that's probably been doubted his whole career," coach Raheem Morris told the site. "He was a third-round pick and now he's the Buccaneers' all-time leader in interceptions. He's…the only cornerbacks to have 20/20 sacks and interceptions [in his career]. Any time you doubt a guy like that, you're calling him out. He's focused, he's locked in and he's right exactly where he needs to be."

-- Greg Auman, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:35pm]

    

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