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: March 11, 2009, 05:05:16 PM

http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d80f2ee53&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true


Tampa Bay Buccaneers
 2007 finish: 9-7, NFC South champions
2007 playoffs: Lost in NFC Wild-Card Game to Giants
2008 finish: 9-7

Though the Buccaneers finished with the same record for two straight seasons, they went from NFC South kings to third place in the improved division in '08.

Coach Jon Gruden, general manager Bruce Allen and veteran players Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn, Jeff Garcia and Joey Galloway were cast out, seemingly stripping Tampa Bay of its nucleus. However, a young and talented offensive line, a solid middle linebacker and a fairly strong secondary provide new coach Raheem Morris some pieces with which to work.

The Bucs' quarterback situation is a huge question mark, as Luke McCown looks to be the heir to Garcia at quarterback. However, adding free-agent running back Derrick Ward to complement Earnest Graham gives Tampa Bay a nice tandem. The team isn't counting on Cadillac Williams to come back from another knee surgery anytime soon.

The Bucs franchised free-agent wide receiver Antonio Bryant at more than $9 million, with hopes that he will repeat his breakthrough '08 season. They also signed wide receiver Michael Clayton to a five-year, $26 million contract, hoping he will find himself after failing to consistently deliver under Gruden.

Tampa Bay must fortify its defensive interior. It lost defensive tackle Jovan Haye to free agency (Tennessee), and someone has to protect middle linebacker Barrett Ruud. Passing on Mississippi defensive tackle Peria Jerry or Missouri's Ziggy Hood with the 20th pick could prompt some head scratching, although adding a cornerback or defensive end could be an option.



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#1 : March 11, 2009, 05:09:49 PM

I would agree with this if we give the rest of our draft for j cutler

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#2 : March 11, 2009, 05:24:43 PM

I would agree with this if we give the rest of our draft for j cutler

but isn't the article stating we need to fortify our defense? wouldn't giving up our draft be going the other way?

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#3 : March 11, 2009, 05:37:34 PM

We can keep one of our 3 seventh round picks.  Sign Jason Taylor

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#4 : March 11, 2009, 06:19:50 PM

20th pick?

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#5 : March 11, 2009, 06:22:57 PM

Two consecutive years of 9-7 - rebounding???

\"A Great Coach has to have a Patient Wife, A Loyal Dog, and a Great Quarterback. . . . but not necessarily in that order\" ~ Coach Bud Grant

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#6 : March 11, 2009, 07:24:26 PM

20th pick?

Yeah.... I like all those experts that know everything about the bucs but dont remember what draftpick they got.

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