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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Update: Where things stand with free agency underway

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March

So, let’s wrap up everything we know so far.

* The Bucs appear close to a deal with 49ers free agent safety Dashon Goldson. He’s en route to Tampa and, if things go as planned, won’t leave without a contract. Look for Goldson to sign a deal approaching that of Chargers safety Eric Weddle, who averages about $8 million per year.

* As it relates to Darrelle Revis, whose saga with the Jets continues, rumors persist that a trade with the Bucs is in the works. But sorting fact from fiction on this one has been difficult, at best. The Bucs will not comment but also won’t deny the story, even as they are said to be closing in on a deal. Even some agents who are impacted by a potential Revis deal aren’t clear on what’s actually happening.

One report said the Jets haven’t been in contact with Revis’ representatives. That suggests a deal is not close because any trade would surely have to involve Revis because of the need by the trade partner to know his contract demands.

* As for the free-agent cornerbacks on the market, there’s been very little movement. And until some of the top-tier free agents start to sign, that probably won’t change.

Falcons veteran Brent Grimes is still out there, as is Miami’s Sean Smith, the Eagles’ Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha (who was released by the Eagles earlier today). Rodgers-Cromartie was en route to Denver for a visit with the Broncos.

* The Bucs are still considering a handful of backup quarterbacks, with Drew Stanton among them. The Boston Herald reported the Bucs were one of two teams interested in a trade for Patriots backup Ryan Mallett, though no deal was imminent.

* Like with defensive backs, movement has been slow among pass rushers. That includes Bucs free agent defensive end Michael Bennett, who might take a visit before signing but hasn't generated any news yet. Also unsigned is Lions defensive end Cliff Avril -- the top pass rusher on the market -- and Dwight Freeney and John Abraham.

There’s certainly going to be more to come overnight and into Wednesday as we’re just six hours into the signing period.



[Last modified: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 11:18pm]

    

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