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Tampa Bay Buccaneers May Be Heavy Hitters in Free Agency Once Again

February 12th, 2013 at 8:22 PM
By Wolf Heard

Free agency is looming and loyal fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to know if the team is going to go out and spend again like they did last season when they landed two of the top free agents in wide receiver Vincent Jackson and guard Carl Nicks.

The answer appears to be yes. Thanks to some creative restructuring of Jackson's and Nicks' contracts back in December, the Bucs now have around $30 million in cap room to spend on free agents.

With all that money sitting around, general manager Mark Dominik expects to be busy when free agency starts on March 12.

"That has actually opened a lot of cap room for us going into 2013 – a tremendous amount," Dominik said. "We’ve got a chance to be [heavily] involved in free agency again."

That total could climb to upwards of $40 million if the Bucs decide to cut cornerback Eric Wright, who has been a flop since signing with the team last year, and linebacker Quincy Black, who may not be able to play next season after sustaining a neck injury against San Diego last year.

There is no doubt the Bucs will be going after a cornerback or two. Expect them to look also for impact players along the defensive line, and they could use a tight end as well.

But don't expect a lot of new faces. The Bucs want to extend wide receiver Mike Williams' contract to lock him up for the long haul. Tampa Bay also has guys like defensive end Michael Bennett, who led the team with 9.0 sacks last season, that they would like to re-sign.

Still, $30-40 million is a lot of money and the Bucs, who were 7-9 last season, could make it to the next level with just a little more talent on the roster.

Tags: Carl Nicks, Eric Wright, Football, Michael Bennett, NFL, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Vincent Jackson

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