Yahoo Sports' Jason Cole, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in a bidding war for free agent offensive tackle Doug Free. The Northern Illinois product Free has played the last four seasons for the Dallas Cowboys.
In 2010 Free started 16 games at left tackle for Dallas. If the Bucs are successful at signing Free, he likely will be playing right tackle for Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn returning. At the start of training camp a year ago Penn signed a lucrative long-term contract extension for Tampa Bay.
Cole posted this message on twitter, "Tampa, Dallas in a dogfight for doug free. Could get REALLY expensive."
The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Free started seven games in the 2009 season for the Cowboys. If signed Free, 27, would replace the Bucs starters from the 2010 season, Jeremy Trueblood and James Lee. Trueblood is also an unrestricted free agent.
UPDATE: Free decided to re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Free signed a four-year, $32 million contract with $17 million guaranteed.