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July 27, 2011 @ 4:30 pm
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Bucs Re-Sign LB Black To 5-Year Deal

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The Buccaneers made their first splash in free agency on Wednesday, re-signing strongside linebacker Quincy Black to a five-year deal. NFL.com is reporting the deal to be worth $29 million with $11.5 million in guaranteed money.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said that the team's first priority was going to be re-signing the team's own players in free agency, and he was true to his word as linebacker Quincy Black was retained with a five-year contract. NFL.com is reporting that the deal is worth $29 million, which includes $11.5 million in guaranteed money.

Black, who is the team's starter at strongside linebacker, becomes the first unrestricted free agent to be re-signed by the Buccaneers. The team is also heavily pursuing the re-signing of right guard Davin Joseph.

Despite playing in only 11 games because of ankle and forearm injuries, Black finished the 2010 season with 88 tackles, four tackles for a loss, two sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. A broken forearm against Atlanta forced Black to finish the rest of the season on injured reserve.

The 27-year-old Black was a third-round pick out of New Mexico by the Bucs in 2007. In his first two seasons, Black was mainly a backup and standout on special teams. Black had 41 special teams tackles, including a team-high 24 in 2008, and one forced fumble during his first two years in the league.

In 2009, Black earned the starting Sam (strongside) linebacker position and played well. He finished fourth on the team in tackles with a career-high 93 stops, with seven of those going for a loss. Black also recorded 1.5 sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble. On special teams, Black had 14 tackles.

Last season, head coach and defensive coordinator Raheem Morris got a little creative with Black. In addition to playing as an outside linebacker on early downs, Morris installed the 3-3-5 Redskin package in which the 6-2, 240-pound Black often blitzed off the edge.

For his career, Black has 192 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He also has a total of 59 special teams tackles.

~ by Charlie Campbell, Scott Reynolds and Wolf Heard
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    Wow, the salaries being paid out by all of the teams are really getting up there. I always used to say Quincy Black was "invisible". He puts up some stats (for losers) but I just never seem to notice him in the game. I need to pay more attention because I think Raheem has bigger plans for Mr. Black than have been revealed. Might he be moved to the Mike position? Might we start rotating the LB's from one spot to another as another way to confuse the offense when the QB starts pointing out the MLB?
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    I don't like the length of the contract. Two years would've been better until he is replaced in next year's draft, IMO.
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    This is just pure speculation but I think Morris wanted both Ruud and Black and Dominik wanted neither. I think Dominik compromised and said you can only keep one of them. The reason I think this is as GM Dominik's job is to saturate this team with talent while Morris' job is to win the games. Now while Dominik has a new contract, Morris doesn't. Morris has to continue to win a lot of games to get a shiny new contract and young guys that haven't been to OTA's aren't going to win as many games. I think Morris wanted Ruud and Black back because they could execute his scheme well enough to get him more wins this season. I guess he figures who knows what would have happened if McKinzie and Foster were starting at MLB and SLB. Congrads to Quincy and I hope he continues to get better as LB. Go Bucs!
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    Seems like alot of $$$, but they need to spend alot of $$$ to get to the cap FLOOR!!
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    Mark you didnt???!!!! Quincy is a great guy hard worker but he has no instincts. He is fast and strong but takes horrible angles and he sucks coming off the edge. They kept trying to make him a edge rusher and he always got swallowed. This is a Mark Clayton type signing. Bad move Dominck bad move
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    How is a young starting LB not worth $5mil/yr? I think this is a good signing. I was worried he'd get grossly overpaid to the tune of $7-8mil/yr. I'll take 5. Like Jongruden, I just hope he continues to progress and lives up to the hype.
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    I must have been asleep at the games. Never thought he would be worth $5 million a year! What is Davin Joseph worth now $10 a year?
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    Great news...now PLEASE get Davin Joseph under contract
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    No problem with this signing. Go Bucs!
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    Cool...there goes DaQuan Bowers. Just signed according to Schefter's tweet.
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    jongruden...why is it necessarily goodbye Hayward? We'll have 6 LB's on the active roster and as of right now we only have 5 signed (Foster, McKenzie, Hayes, Watson & Black). Who's your 6th guy?
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    Glad to have him back.
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    I am neither for it or opposed of the signing but I want to see Black live up to expectations instead of hearing how he has all this speed off the edge i want to see the results. Goodbye Adam Hayword
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    great! i hope this is the start of a lot of good transactions!
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    Good. Now lets lock down Davin and really consider picking up Jonathan Joseph. In all honesty, I would rather us get JJ than Nmandi. Nmandi is 30 and still will provide 3-5 quality years but Joseph is right at Aqib's age and will continue to develop into an elite CB for half the cost. Either way we need a corner since Aqib's legal situation is completely up in the air for next year and possibly some of this year if the commish decides to suspend him. I also think one of the young WR's should be considered. Sidney Rice could be the 1b to 1a Mike Williams. James Jones would be a good acquistion as well. You can never have too many weapons...look at what Aaron Rodgers had to work with.
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    Quincy, good to have you back. Get out there and earn your money!
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