After blowing the doors off of free agency in the first two days of the signing period, things have been quiet at One Buc Place.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued their quiet yet deliberate pace Wednesday when the re-signing of veteran cornerback Ronde Barber was made official. The one-year deal will likely be the 16-year veteran’s last in the NFL. The uncertainty of talented corner Aqib Talib (assault trial was pushed back to the summer) made bringing back Barber a viable option. With Barber, new signee Eric Wright and holdovers E.J. Biggers and Myron Lewis, at least the Bucs have a legitimate defensive backfield. LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne may still be an option with the fifth overall pick in the NFL Draft next month.
Barber had a very solid season in 2011 despite his team’s disappointing finish. With 78 tackles last season, Barber brought his career total to 1,140. He also has 43 career interceptions, 27 sacks and seven defensive scores.
The Bucs went about the Barber signing with a happy hour theme, bagging two contracts in one day. Restricted free agent Demar Dotson, a former college basketball player and a 6’9”, 315-pound behemoth, also inked a two-year contract. Dotson, a talented athlete with tremendous upside at tackle, has been one of the organization’s favorite projects. The two-year deal guarantees his opportunity to make the active roster this season.
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