In addition to those three players, the Bucs have re-signed quarterback Luke McCown, defensive tackle Ryan Sims, wide receiver Michael Clayton and safety Will Allen this offseason. The Bucs also franchised WR Antonio Bryant.
Phillips, 29, has started 72 of the 94 games he's played in during his seven-year tenure with Tampa Bay. He originally entered the NFL in 2002 as a fifth-round draft pick out of Georgia.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Phillips has recorded 535 career tackles, three sacks, 11 interceptions, 34 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a Buccaneer.
Despite missing five games with two different fractured forearm injuries in 2008, Phillips ranked sixth on the team with 86 tackles and also notched three picks. His absence allowed 2007 second-round draft pick Sabby Piscitelli to gain value experience. Phillips and Piscitelli are expected to compete for a starting job in 2009.
Phillips, who reportedly visited Seattle and San Diego while he tested the open market, is one of three members of Tampa Bay's Super Bowl XXXVII team that remain on the Bucs' current roster. The others are cornerback Ronde Barber and fullback Jameel Cook.
The Bucs remain interested in signing other teams' free agents, evidenced by the fact that Bills free agent linebacker Angelo Crowell is scheduled to visit Tampa Bay on Monday.