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Bucs lose another free agent target; eye others

Posted Mar 3, 2008 by Roy Cummings

Updated Mar 3, 2008 at 02:07 PM

TAMPA - We’re not sure just how busted up the Bucs are over this, but LB Niko Koutouvides has signed with the Denver Broncos.

Koutouvides, who spent last season backing up at middle linebacker for the Seahawks, was one of the first free agents the Bucs contacted when the market opened up last Friday. According to Adam Schefter of NFL.com he signed a multi-year deal worth $2.5 million per year.

Again, we’re not sure how upset the Bucs are over this because we know they’re in the market for a backup middle backer to play behind Barrett Ruud. They have Teddy Lehman in today and Lehman would probably be a good fit here.

Back on the running back front, the Bucs have reached out to the agent for Titans free agent Chris Brown, who just may be the best back remaining on the market. We’re sure they’re also interested in at least checking out Warrick Dunn, but so far they have expressed no interest in LaBrandon Toefield, who they talked about trading for last fall.

No visit with Brown has been arranged yet but one could be in the books by the end of the day. Of course, Dunn could be on his way to Tampa by then, too. We’ll keep you informed on all that’s happening, hopefully as it happens, right here at TBO.com

Reader Comments

Por (Dave) on March 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Could someone please tell me why Bruce Allen and Jon Gruden are still employed by the Bucs? These clowns can’t get one decent free agent to come and play in Tampa Bay…that or they are too cheap to pay them. This team has lost kelly, Spires, Carter among others and has done nothing to replace them or to strengthen their weak corps of WR’s
(which was clearly the weakness on the team this past season).....I see a last place finish coming next year. Geez Mr. Glazer, why don’t you give Gruden another extension if he does finish in last. After all, wouldn’t he deserve it? LOL

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Por (steve k) on March 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

if we sign a rb we need a big bruising back, not dunn! hes small and old, a def. waste of cap space. AND PLEASE CAN WE SIGN BRYANT JOHNSON ALREADY!

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Por (Justin M) on March 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The Bucs are not getting free agents because the prices are ridiculous. Koutouvides gets $2.5 million per year. Again the Bucs did not lose out on this guy, instead the Bucs won by not paying him an amount his clearly does not deserve.
Gruden and Allen should be lauded for not partaking in these shenanigans.

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Por (Todd Oakes) on March 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Nobody wants to play for Gruden nomore.This sucks!

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Por (George Hicks) on March 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I think bringing Dunn back would be a no brainer. I still have his no. 28 Jersey. Can you Imagine teaming him up with Bennett. I think with the new oc added to bucs. The ground gain will Improved. I would love the bucs to some how get John Lynch back and retired as a buc.

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Por (Fernando Diaz) on March 03, 2008 (Suggest removal)

They didn’t miss out on nothing. Another overpaid LB.We can get Dunn for nothing now. Draft is the way to goand sign Bryant Johnson!!!!

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Por (MItch R) on March 04, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Hey Dave, Where has Brian Kelly signed?  I don’t think he has, and is losing him really that bad?  Has he played more than 50% of games over teh past 2 years?  Spires and Carter were cut, so we chose to get rid of them, they didn’t walk.  Get your facts straight before bashing Management.  The obvious focus of Gruden and Allen is completing the Offensive Line, which they have accomplished with Faine and the TE.  They obvioulsy don’t see anything out there that is worth dropping big money on, so I agree with the moves.

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