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July 26, 2011 @ 10:05 pm
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Bucs Try But Miss On Free

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According to 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.
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    Hey Front office... Its not like were cash strapped by the salary cap here! WTH!!
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    Why is it that I get excited when I hear my Bucs are $50 Million under the Cap and HAVE to spend that money. The when Free Agency kicks off, they are the one team you don't hear from? Why is that almost always the case with this team. Are they just working hard behind the scenes to negotiate and find some way to NOT SPEND MONEY? I mean this is a 10-6 Team with a lot of great young talent and a key free agent or two or three could turn it into a deep playoff team. But the Usual suspects that we hear from every year and wonder where they find cap room are always the movers and shakers.
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    I'm reading from the blueprint and it says - Get Freeman some more protection and give him more weapons. This is a precursor for what is likely to come from FA.
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    I know that the Bucs like to stick to the blue print, but Nnamdi could fit it if they look at the big picture. Talib will play this year (probably have to miss at least 2 games), but he may be in jail the following year and his contract is coming up. We could have both Nnamdi and Talib together this year. And then instead of signing Talib to a long-term contract (which would be crazy, because there's no telling how long til his next dustup), we would have Nnamdi with the long-term contract and still have one of the young guys (Lewis/Biggers) in place to move into a starting role. If we don't sign Nnamdi and we lose Talib next year then we will be starting over again. This is a situation where you plug in holes. Also, I'm all for Nick Barnett. He is a perfect guy to plug in until we figure out if T. McKenzie can play and/or which LB position fits Foster best. I understand building with youth, but to sustain success we have to plug in with veterans at the right time. One last thing... get us a new RT!
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    Shame, would have been a nice pickup.
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    D. Free played RT before LT for the Cowboys. Having a guy that could play either side well for $8 million a year would've been perfect. Nice try Dominik.
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    "try" is the key word.
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    Not so sure how that would have gone. Has Free ever played RT at all?? Why are the Bucs always switching sides with their OT's ?? There are a couple of very good RT's out there, hopefully the Bucs will get one of them anyway. We need a RT not a LT. Also still not sure why the Bucs are insisting on putting Foster in the middle. By all accounts, isn't he a better fit on the outside ??? I trust you Dom and the coaching staff and let's go Bucs ! ! ! ! ! !
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    D. Free played RT before LT for the Cowboys.
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    The Boys are 18 mill over the cap, so are they paying him with monopoly money? I know they have a week to get to the salary cap, but this signing would seem impossible.
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    We Need to get a MLB that can teach foster and Also shed bocks and stuff the FB. Rudd is not the best at that. We need Barnett now the paul posluszny is gone. We also need joseph or nnamdi asomugha because barber is OLD and Talib is going to jail next year so lock someone up that is a shut down corner so we can build around them in our secondary. How many times did we get beat last year because someone got burned or missed an assignment?? I agree on Free but hes gone so resign joseph and get someone to protect freeman and also help the defensive side... Biggest needs, OL, LB, DB, RB, FB,
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    950amTheredzone.org just reported Doug Free just signed a $32 million dollar four year contract with Dallas. Davin, "let not your heart be troubled."
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    I love what Marky Mark has done with the Bucs, but sometimes I feel he needs to make a big splash in free agency. He is smarter then me so I know he will make the right choices, but we need to land some quality players this off season.
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    Crap, that move would have been awesome.
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    Maybe they just wanted to drive his price up, so Dallas won't be able to sign Aso.
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    WTF the bucs need to get A big name FA corner and RT, cmon!!! A corner with talib will be awesome. Then Add a good RT along with Penn to protect freeman on the sides. Also, a DT to help mccoy a bit because price is not going to be ready any time soon.
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    uh... no..... they do not need a CB, DB is the deepest part of the team. They would be putting Free at RT, if they would have got him, but apparantly they did not. Seems like they don't plan on bringing Trueblood back. Biggest needs: DT, OT, LB, RB, and a WR Just don't expect ANY of them to be big names.
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    Adam Schefter: Dallas reached agreement on a four-year, $32 million deal that included $17 million in guaranteed money with OT Doug Free.
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    WTF the bucs need to get A big name FA corner and RT, cmon!!! A corner with talib will be awesome. Then Add a good RT along with Penn to protect freeman on the sides.
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    To use a baseball quote..."He Gone!"
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    I really hope we get him he is a beast!
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