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NFL Combine provides chance for contract talks with Bucs' free agents



Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said recently that he much prefers to conduct contract talks with agents in person.

Well, that means the coming days finally present that opportunity, with the NFL Combine kicking off in Indianapolis, making the city the center of the football universe for the next week. A majority of player agents attend the event, putting them in close proximity to Dominik.

It’s a key period for Dominik because, so far, he’s had little to no conversations with the Bucs’ key free agents. That includes defensive tackle Roy Miller and defensive end Michael Bennett.

The Bucs also have other free agents to consider, like safety Ronde Barber (is he retiring or returning?), tight end Dallas Clark, cornerback E.J. Biggers and restricted free agents like running back LeGarrette Blount and defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim.

Whether the apparent lack of in-depth talks is indicative of anything is unclear. There’s still plenty of time to work with before any of these players hit the market. The NFL’s new year (and the free-agent signing period) doesn’t begin until March 12.

But if Dominik makes good on his stated intent to have face-to-face talks, it’s possible we could start to see some momentum on the free-agent front in the coming days.

So, with that said, stay tuned.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:38am]


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