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Trueblood is first Bucs free agent to move on; will Bennett soon follow?
Posted Mar 14, 2013 by Roy Cummings
Updated Mar 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM
BY ROY CUMMINGS
TAMPA – Right tackle Jeremy Trueblood became the first Buccaneers free agent to find a new home Thursday when he signed on with the Washington Redskins.
Trueblood will be reunited with a lot of familiar faces in Washington, where Bruce Allen, the general manager that drafted him, is working in the same capacity and former Bucs coach Raheem Morris is coaching the secondary.
The Bucs made little or no attempt to resign Trueblood, who lost his starter’s job to Demar Dotson early on last season and never recovered it. The Bucs are trying to keep a few of their other free agents, however.
The Bucs would like to have cornerback E.J. Biggers, defensive tackle Roy Miller and defensive end Michael Bennett back, but only at their price and that trio may learning today that the Bucs price is just about right.
When Cliff Avril signed a two-year, $15 million deal to join the Seahawks on Wednesday it lowered the bar significantly for what defensive ends such as Bennett and even defensive tackles such as Miller can expect to get.
Bennett’s camp has never revealed what its asking price is but it’s unlikely now that Bennett will get an average payout any better than what Avril received from Seattle.
That could mean that the Bucs chances of retaining Bennett have suddenly improved. Bennett has said he will give the Bucs a chance to re-sign him before going elsewhere and with his value seemingly dropping the Bucs may be inclined to oblige.
They do need depth, after all, and they crave competition and a battle between Bennett and Da’Quan Bowers for the starting left end spot would make for an intriguing training camp fight.