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Bucs already busy signing free agents

Posted Jan 8, 2008 by Roy Cummings

Updated Jan 8, 2008 at 09:07 PM

TAMPA – The season may be over but the work at One Buc Place never stops. In recent days the Bucs have been busy signing players who they hope will one day turn into the next Donald Penn, Greg White or Earnest Graham.

It’s all part of the off-season routine. Teams regularly sign what they call “street free agents’’ to reserve/future contracts that will allow them to be on the team’s roster come the first day of the league year in March.

Only players who were not on any NFL team’s active roster when the 2005 season ended are eligible for such signings. Those signed by the Bucs to free-agent/future contracts so far include:

DE Marquies Gunn (Auburn), DB Marcus Hamilton (Virginia), G Brian Johnson (LSU), DB Darrell Hunter (Miami, Ohio), TE Daniel Fells (Cal-Davis) and WR Hankton Cortez (Texas Southern).


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Por (MItch R) on January 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)


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Por (Mark) on January 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Story below by Pro Football Weekly - too bad it comes from a national media source instead of local !

Jon Gruden | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In what was billed as a potential make-or-break year for Jon Gruden in Tampa, he and the Bucs responded with a vengeance. The squad went from worst to first in the NFC South and overcame a series of injuries that decimated its RB corps. Gruden has done a masterful job, taking castaways like QB Jeff Garcia and RB Earnest Graham and turning them into the leaders of an efficient, effective offense. His use of oft-forgotten personnel like WR Ike Hilliard and TE Jerramy Stevens has been impressive. The Bucs have also weaved in and developed young talent on defense…

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Por (Shawn Golan) on January 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Mark, I’m not sure if that little blurb you posted was meant to show your support for its subject matter or your disagreement with it.  Considering the general tone of most posters, I’ll assume the latter. 

I am actually quite impressed with the job that this team and staff did this season.  We were decimated by injuries to key players and, in many cases, were forced to use/start players that were meant to be nothing more than depth.  My hat goes off to Gruden and his staff for finding ways to win with 2nd and 3rd string guys.  It wasn’t always pretty, but it got the job done.  A 9-7 record isn’t impressive, but considering the injuries and that we sat starters for nearly 2 weeks - this was a great season and a job well done.

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Por (James Anderson) on January 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Good article. Too bad some fans don’t want to be confused with the facts. Maybe they are glad Cato June got plenty of playing time against Carolina too.  I read posts calling for Grudens oust…who ya gonna replace him with…maybe Cam Cameron or some other wanna be. Anyone who thought we were going all the way were tripping big time. But, on the foundation of this year, we may be where GB or Dallas are this year. I am stoked about next year with our young talent, $30 mil under cap, and stable staff. Priority number one…when are we gonna see the press release Kiffin has signed a new contract. Oh yeah, some of you probably think we need a new defensive co-ordinator too.

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Por ((Slow Joe) Joe Simmons) on January 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Um…<i>2005</i> season?

Looks like an editor missed something.

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Por (David Berube) on January 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Hey Mark in NYC,

Blah, blah, blah. 9-8 season, 1-7 when trailing at the half. Blah, blah, blah.

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Por (Nick Smith) on January 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

No worries.  Zack Crocket is on Gruden’s speed dial.

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Por (Andre M. Hernandez) on January 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Priority 1: Monty Kiffen Stays.

Priority 2: Keep coaching staff intact.

Priority 3: Get Quarterback.

Priority 4: Get healthy.

Priority 5: Get some talent on the
        offensive side of ball.
Priority 6: Good draft.

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Por (Denzel aka merk) on January 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

blah blah blah lets talk about more runners in da backfield ain’t no telling next season if cadillac will get hurt again dont get no old running backs get someone new and has class and is fast and will last us for a long time young running back like bring back waston or someone else thats younger   and we need wide recievers too joey galoway might retire and get someone that know how to run it back like hester kick retuners

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Por (Denzel aka merk) on January 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

we need talented running backs,wide recievers that can catch any thang,bigger linebackers that can hit,more hard hitting saftys,big defensive linemen dat know how to get to the qb,we need a QB that has agility and speed and can throw,and we need another full back like alstot,great kick returner,we have one thang done da o-line but dey need to block a little more go for it all,taller corner backs, faster and breaking takle tight ends,and one more thang talent then u will get more people at the staduim some of them drink thats why they are there yall need people from tampa coming everyone

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Por (Jonathan) on January 10, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Chad Johnson.

Cincy says he might be bought for a 2nd.

Give them a 2nd and a 3rd for him, pay him what he wants, and we have a TRUE star at wideout, which is required for the WCO to work.

We lost to NY cause nobody could get open. But if clayton keeps up pace, and galloway is healthy, NO DEFENSE could cover them AND Chad Johnson.

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Por (Warren B. Sheridan) on January 10, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Wait till 2008 season when the Bucs play stronger and better teams.  We need a head coach and GM, not an additional WR.

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Por (Kendall Thompson) on January 10, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I’d like to see us aquire an elite o-lineman.  Get Alan Faneca at left guard and move Sears in for more pop up the gut.  Pro-bowl leadership and technique would help our young guys immensely.  Plus, he’s still only 30.  So he should have a few years left in the tank.  I wouldn’t mind seeing us go after Chad Johnson.  Both he and Gallowa on the field at the same time would be scary for most defenses.  It would also open up the running game.  No 8 man fronts.

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Por (Mike) on January 10, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I agree with Kendall. Bring in Chad Johnson and with him and Galloway and Hilliard,Stovall,and Clayton we would have a receiving core to reckon with. We need more linebacking depth to eventually fill the position that Brooks will leave. We need a strong side linebacker. GO BUCS!! and spend the money wisely!!

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Por (Justin Rich) on January 13, 2008 (Suggest removal)

oh and get eddie royal in the 4th round to give us a kick and punt returner. we need one bad..

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