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Bucs Ready To Get Back Into Free Agency Game

Posted Mar 10, 2010 by Roy Cummings

Updated Mar 10, 2010 at 01:17 PM

By ROY CUMMINGS
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TAMPA – After nearly a week on the sidelines, the Bucs are ready to get back into the free agency game.

With their need at safety increasing following the loss of Will Allen to the Steelers, the Bucs have arranged a visit for Thursday with Eagles free agent safety Sean Jones.

Jones, 28, was a 2004 second-round draft pick (59th overall) of the Cleveland Browns in 2004 who recorded 61 tackles, one sack, five pass breakups and two interceptions for the Eagles last year.

A product of the University of Georgia, Jones has started 53 of the 59 games he’s played in since he first earned a starter’s role at free safety with the Browns in 2006.

He had 14 interceptions in three seasons before falling off that pace with the Eagles last year, but he is considered more of a thumper than a pass defender and is considered to be best suited for the strong safety role.

That would suit the Bucs needs as they have all but determined that last year’s starting strong safety, Sabby Piscitelli, may be best suited filling a role as third safety who fills in at the free and strong positions.

The Bucs have reportedly expressed interest in two other free agent safeties – Brodney Pool of the Browns and Gibril Wilson of the Dolphins – but it’s uncertain if either has finalized a visit with the team.

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