Several teams have been actively involved in free agency since it started at midnight on Friday. However, Tampa Bay hasn't been one of them. The Bucs, who plan to build through the draft, likely are planning to participate in the second wave of free agency.
Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik wasn't kidding when he said the Buccaneers wouldn't be big players in free agency this year. Several teams have been actively involved in the free agent signing period since it started at midnight on Friday, but not the Bucs. They've been radio silent.
In fact, several players the Bucs were believed to be interested in signing have already been acquired by other teams, including defensive end Aaron Kampman (Jacksonville), cornerback Dunta Robinson (Atlanta) and wide receivers Nate Burleson (Detroit) and Kevin Walter (Houston), among others.
While he attempted to temper fans' expectations for the Bucs heading into free agency, Dominik did mention how Tampa Bay could be active on the trade front. The Bucs were successful in that regard last year when Dominik traded for tight end Kellen Winslow and traded away defensive end Gaines Adams.
So far, the Bucs haven't even been mentioned in trade talks reported by media pundits, but a few trades have already occurred, including ones that sent WR Anquan Boldin from Arizona to Baltimore, and safety Kerry Rhodes from the New York Jets to Arizona.
That doesn't necessarily mean the Bucs have done absolutely nothing in regards to free agency thus far. According to league sources, the Bucs have expressed interest in a few free agents, including Pittsburgh running back Willie Parker, New York Jets defensive end Marques Douglas and Dallas guard Montrae Holland. However, it's unclear whether Tampa Bay's interest in these players is serious or simply exploratory.
The Bucs also remain interested in re-signing a few of their own unrestricted free agents, including linebacker Angelo Crowell and defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson, according to their agents.
But several of the agents PewterReport.com has spoken to have stated that the Bucs haven't reached out to them regarding their clients. On Saturday, one agent suggested the Bucs' attention was not on free agency.
"From what I heard they were in draft meetings all day [on Saturday]," one agent told PewterReport.com.
That would make sense since the Bucs plan to build through the draft. Tampa Bay owns 10 picks in April. Five of those selections are in the top 99, and the Bucs own the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
The Bucs, who are coming off a 3-13 season, have several needs on their roster. While Tampa Bay plans to address some of those through the draft, the Bucs likely will use the second wave of free agency to target a few players that might be able to help the team improve its record while not breaking the bank.
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