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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