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Bucs intend to trade Blount

Published Mar. 19, 2013

TAMPA — Bucs RB LeGarrette Blount could be the next player changing address.

Blount recently signed a one-year contract but general manager Mark Dominik made it clear Monday he is looking to trade the third-year rusher.

"We do like LeGarrette, but at the same point, we're going to do what's best if we can make our team stronger if there's an opportunity, if there's a trade that makes sense, we're going to do it," Dominik said. "We're all understanding of that. Right now we're just listening, understanding we know Doug Martin can't do everything."

Blount was acquired off waivers in 2010 from the Titans. He rushed for 1,007 yards in 13 games as a rookie and 781 in 14 games in 2011. But Martin, the 31st overall pick from Boise State last season, took over as the Bucs' premier rusher. Blount had only 13 rushes for 41 yards in 2012.

Last week, the Bucs traded WR Arrelious Benn to the Eagles.

"It's disappointing. There was frustration for (Arrelious) also because I think in three years, he never finished the season so you want a guy you can count on to be there," Dominik said. "But at the same time, I know that Regis wanted to look at other opportunities, too. We got a conditional pick next year that I think he can achieve."

Player tree: Dominik said he's excited about the new free agents, former Cowboys WR Kevin Ogletree and Packers TE Tom Crabtree.

Ogletree can play slot and reunites with receivers coach John Garrett, who was the Cowboys tight ends coach/passing game coordinator.

"Last year he really blossomed," Dominik said. "A lot of that was just watching the tape and watching him be a versatile player. … He's going to be a great challenger for that No. 3 spot."

Crabtree excels at special teams and will line up opposite Luke Stocker.

"He's a really good pass catching tight end but he plays all four phases very well on special teams, which is always important to us," Dominik said.

Going, going: Dominik lamented the loss of DT Roy Miller to Jacksonville and DE Michael Bennett to Seattle, but said they exceeded the value the Bucs had on them in an allocation system.

"Roy is a good defensive tackle," Dominik said. "He played well for us. The market is what it is. The same with Michael Bennett. We have limits with what we can do. We have a value on every player. When you get more disciplined in doing that, you don't get to sign a player back because someone values him more."


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