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Tampa Bay Buccaneers still keeping Josh Freeman in mind

TAMPA — Despite having four quarterbacks on the roster after signing Steelers free agent Byron Leftwich, the Bucs still took a closer look at Kansas State's Josh Freeman.

General manager Mark Dominik and coach Raheem Morris met Tuesday night with Freeman and dined with him at Grille One Sixteen, a steakhouse in northern Hillsborough County.

Are they still considering taking a quarterback — possibly Freeman — with the 19th overall pick or later in the April 25 draft?

"I don't want to ruin NFL ratings," Dominik said Wednesday. "You'll have to tune into the draft and see what happens.

"You could look at position X and say, 'Boy, it looks like they're fairly well-covered there.' I'd like to say we'll take the best player that makes the most sense for the Bucs."

Dominik said Leftwich was impressive in his workout last week and believed he could compete for the starting job.

"I think Byron was looking for the right opportunity," he said. "We were trying to decide what quarterbacks made a lot of sense for us. I think once we brought him in here, had an opportunity to have him throw for us, we felt he would be a legitimate competitor for the starting job."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers still keeping Josh Freeman in mind 04/16/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 16, 2009 6:39am]

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