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July 23, 2011 @ 7:53 am
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A Flurry of Activity Coming For Bucs

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Charlie Campbell

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The Bucs are about to get very busy with the end of the NFL lockout. Tampa Bay has to sign a lot of players before the start of training camp.
With the NFL on the brink of re-opening for business, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have a lot of work to do to get ready for the 2011 season. There will be a lot of players to get under contract, and a lot of decisions to be made by general manager Mark Dominik and head coach Raheem Morris. To get Bucs fans ready for the flurry of NFL news, Pewter Report previews the order of business for the Buccaneers.

As soon as the lockout ends the Bucs need to immediately get players and coaches together for meetings. Primarily they need the quarterbacks meeting with quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt and offensive coordinator Greg Olson. They also have to get their Mike (middle) linebacker candidates with linebackers coach Joe Baker and Morris. A crash-course of the new additions to the Bucs’ playbooks would be helpful before training camp starts. Tampa Bay’s coaching staff did not add much to the playbooks from last season, but they have some new wrinkles based off their offseason film study.

While that is going on, Dominik will be busy talking with agents for undrafted free agents and the Buccaneers veteran free agents. It sounds as if the undrafted free agent marketplace will open up for business first. Here are some undrafted free agents to keep an eye on.

Nebraska DE Pierre Allen
North Carolina CB Kendrick Burney
Marshall LB Mario Harvey
Boston College LB Mark Herzlich
Delaware QB Pat Devlin
Kentucky RB Derrick Locke
LSU WR Terrence Toliver
Oregon WR Jeff Maehl
Arkansas Pine-Bluff WR Ray Webber
Florida P Chas Hendry

Once veteran free agency opens up the Buccaneers will have to decide which of their players are worth re-signing and which they are willing to let leave. The Bucs will come to terms with a lot of restricted free agents. Tampa Bay is interested in re-signing a lot of their unrestricted free agents, but wants to do so at the right price. Throughout the past weeks Pewter Report has predicted the outcome for the Bucs free agents. Here is a breakdown of those predictions.

Players Predicted To Re-Sign With Tampa Bay
G Davin Joseph
RT Jeremy Trueblood
DE Tim Crowder
LB Barrett Ruud
LB Adam Hayward

Players Predicted Not To Re-Sign With Tampa Bay
RB Cadillac Williams
WR Maurice Stovall
TE John Gilmore
DE Stylez White
LB Quincy Black
LB Niko Koutouvides

The Bucs will also have the opportunity to fortify their roster with some free agents from other teams. Signing many of those players is dependent on if the Buccaneers are going to retain some of their own free agents. This week Pewter Report previewed five prominent free agent fits for Tampa Bay, and five mid-level free agent candidates for the Bucs.

Prominent Free Agents
Oakland CB Nmandi Asomugha
Cincinnati CB Jonathan Joseph
New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw
Minnesota LB Chad Greenway
New England G Logan Mankins

Mid-Level Free Agents
Atlanta RT Tyson Clabo
Cleveland CB Eric Wright
Baltimore CB Josh Wilson
Buffalo LB Paul Posluszny
Carolina LB Thomas Davis

The final order of business before the start of training camp practices is to sign the rookie class. The contracts for the non-first-rounders should be relatively simple, and considering the Bucs selected at the 20th overall pick in 2008 and again this year, that contract should be much easier for Dominik.

The Bucs are in for a lot of activity with training camp starting very soon. Stay tuned to Pewter Report for all the news with the Buccaneers moves.
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    ok then lets play ball
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    Please let Ruud go.
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    10 am tuesday dominik better get his call out to nmandi !
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    They also have to fill their roster with 90 players. I'm wondering with only 1 true practice a day how are the rookies going to be evaluated? I would think with the limited hitting the starters would need to play more in the pre season also to get into football shape. This also would limit the playing time of the rookies. Do we know if they expanded the practice squad?
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    Would love Jonathan Joseph as well as charles johnson from carolina! What ever happened to Noel Devine on that list of undrafted? Chaz Hendry huh?
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    Chad Greenway was franchised by the Vikings already. Saw that you guys have wrote it in two different articles.
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    IMO we should sign a Joseph,s trueblood,ruud, de Johnson from carolina, rb Bradshaw from GIANTS and Joseph from bengals
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    Being from KY I have seen Locke play for a few years....worth a look for sure....how he will do at this level I don't know. I figure Dom and Coach will evaluate and choose. I'd still like to think Caddy has a spot on this team.
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    Get Paul Posluszny, that dude is a beast!
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    oNE NAME THAT STANDS OUT THAT COULD OR COULD NOT HELP THE BUCS IS rb FROM nyg IN BRADSHORE. rEMEMBER TAMPA WENT AFTER ANOTHER rb THAT WENT BAD. i THINK TAMPA COULD PLAY SMART AND GO AFTER CERTAIN VETERANS. LIKE THE VET CB FROM OAK, OL FROM GB AND DAL-EVERYBODY TALKING AOUT DALLAS AND WASH IS GOING TO DO ALL THIS HJAVORIC ON THE FA MARKET. I'M SORRY BUT TAMPA HAS 59 + MILLION DOLLArs under Dallas is 18.9 million dollars over the CAP. and like certain reporter says that the old sallary cap adjustedment is in the paST. i THINK THAT WITH NTHE NEW CBA AGREEMENT MOST OF THESE SALARY EXPENSES WILL BE FOR VET FA. BUT TAMPA DO HAVE A PLAN. LOOK AT LAST YEAR WITH WHAT THE LEADERSHIP DID IN 2010. CAN YOU IMAGINE IF TAMPA SIGNS 6 TAMPA BAY OWN POSITION PLUS BRING IN A VETERANS FA LIKE A CB-LB-OT-OG/OC-RB.PLUS ALL THOSE NEW ROOKIES COMING ON BOARD PLUS I THINK THE STEAL OF THE DRAFT IN BOWERS AND CLAYBORN TAMPA BAY SQUAD WILL BE A REAL SPECIAL TEAM IN 2011. LET RUDD-TALIB GO. GO BUCS SINCE THE TEAM STARTED. GLHICKS
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    Our Guys: Joseph, Trueblood, Black, Hayward, Crowder: Free Agents: DE Charles Johnson from Panthers - 25 yrs old, 12 sacks last year; RB DeAngelo Williams from Panthers - 27 yrs old, kicks our #@&*; Undrafted FA: DE Edwards; LB Herzlich; RB Locke; WR Maehl; P Hendry
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    Interested in hearing about the Injured players. So many last yr, what is their status, how many will be able to practice ?
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    I love that little Noel Divine from WVU but given his size I'm not sure he's the answer as a regular "change of pace" back. If Blount can get 5 yards a carry, I'll settle for another "same pace" back. With the success Dominik and staff have had with college free agents, I'm looking forward to seeing what they do. I still don't want a collection of veteran free agents who might be different names but not necessarily much better than our own players. That said, I'd love to cancel out Atlanta's selection of WR Julio Jones with CB Nnamdi Asomugha. Hey Matty Ice, throw the ball...........ouch.
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    If the Bucs cannot sign FA Locke, they need to sign Noel Divine as their change of pace back who can take it to the house on any play. I agree on signing Black as a priority to play Middle LB. He already knows the calls and will be stout at the point of attack. Yes, an experienced DE needs to be the first signee in free agency. Next a good guard as a backup lineman, and the Bucs can play with anyone!!!
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    Charlie, I can't believe you guys have a list of prominent free agents without a single DE on it? That has to be a priority, the Bucs can't afford to go into this season with the same DEs that couldn't produce last year and unproven rookies hindered by this lockout which would force the coaching staff to get them ready to face NFL competition in about a month without 2 a days. Charles Johnson, Ray Edwards or Mathias Kiwanuka have to be on the top of the Bucs' list before Mankins and Asomugha. They even should consider trading for Osi from the Giants; whatever the case, but they must get a veteran DE that can get to the QB. I think the Bucs need to sign Joseph first then decide between Black and Ruud. I say sign Black and move on from Ruud. If you truly have a shot at Asomugha then get him but beyond that the Bucs must get 1 of those DEs to come in here and help Clayborn & Bowers.
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    Totally agree that we need a DE with solid production to supplement what we have until the rookies get trained up.
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    And a Flurry of Activity Coming For Pewter Report. Keep up the good work!!!!
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    Herzlich, Joseph, Locke, Devlin. Mankins, Joseph.
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    I find it odd that the only offensive linemen listed are Mankins (not even unrestricted) and Clabo. What about the other 8-10 guys that would upgrade our O-line? Any reason we aren't interested in them PR? Colon, Dahl, Yanda, Gaither, Luiti, Harris, Free, Light.....any reason you think we aren't interested in those guys?
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    Jonathon Joseph, Logan Mankins and Ryan Clabo. That is all...
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    play ball
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