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March 13, 2012 @ 1:21 pm
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Reports Of Lofton Signing Premature

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While Tampa Bay is still thought to be interested, reports that Falcons free agent LB Curtis Lofton has reached an agreement to join the Buccaneers are premature PewterReport.com can confirm.
PewterReport.com can confirm the reported signing of Curtis Lofton by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has not happened at this point, nor has any contract terms been reached.

Lofton was a four-year starter in Atlanta and over his brief career, has totaled 492 tackles, four sacks, three interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

Besides his athletic ability Lofton would bring stability and leadership to the Buccaneers linebacking corps if an agreement can be reached. A media member in Atlanta told PewterReport.com earlier this week that Lofton would bring something to the table missing in Tampa last season.

““Lofton would immediately step in and command respect,” the reporter said. “He isn’t a guy who would be unliked either. Some veterans come in and step into a leadership role but alienate certain members of their new team. Lofton wouldn’t do that. He is a really likeable guy, but people around him will also look up to him.

“He knows what he is doing on the football field and knows how to get guys in the correct position. That was something that the Buccaneers appeared to have trouble with last season with a young defensive line, and an even younger linebacker.”

Tampa Bay’s Mason Foster was thrust into an unfamiliar position last season without the benefit on an offseason, and while the rookie had some positive moments, he clearly struggled adjusting to the pro game. Foster is expected to be moved to the weakside linebacker spot, a position he excelled in while in college at Washington, if Lofton ends up in Tampa Bay.


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    Lofton, Lofton, Lofton. He would be just what we need and put a divison opponent at a disadvantage at the very same time. Hope we can get him here and sign him or another quality MLB. I have already spoken elsewhere what I am hoping the draft picks will be, and i agree if we land Claiborne and another outstanding DB in the second round, I think we can do without a veteran CB. We just need to sign Rhonde Barber and let him move to safety, but also let him provide leadership and mentoring to the new high quality corners from the draft. Remember also, if Black does not become a starter as a safety, his position at Lakeland High School, which won the State Championship, was as a corner back; so he could be used as the Nickel Back if we need him and it would be an upgrade. I know Biggers has not been popular, but he should be kept and let the new teaching coaches work with him to perfect his tackling techniques. He has been decent, I think, in covering receivers and has a lot of experience as a Buc. If he was just used as a back up and special teams player, he would add value to the team. He just is not the playmaker we need as the strarter or nickel corner. Black is.
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    Come on Bucs. Let's do this!!! Sign these guys and not only will we be winners it will also bring butts to the stadium!!!
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    i SAY iAM WATCHING THIS 2012 fa FAIRLY CLOSE IF THE THREE PLAYERS IN jackson, lofton, and carl nicks do come to tampa, and they do sign b/u qb carr. this free agent would be a tampa coup in 2012. go bucs
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    To be honest. I'll just be happy with Vincent Jackson, Curtis Loften, and Carl Nicks this free agency. I doubt we will be able to get Cortland Finnigan cheap enough. All they would need is Claiborne and LaMicheal James in the Draft and I would consider this a great off season.
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    How sweet would that be!!
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