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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Free Agency Primer

For well over four months, fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had the opportunity to prognosticate about what the organization would do with their various free agents when the lockout finally came to an end. Well, that day has finally come, and as of Tuesday morning, all 32 teams will be free to begin the process of negotiating with former players as the league frantically tries to solidify the shape of their rosters prior to the start of training camps a bit later in the week.

For the young Buccaneers, free agency won't be quite as frenzied or important for their fate in 2011 as it will be with other squads around the league, but there's still a number of restricted and unrestricted free agents who the Bucs will have to make quick determinations about in the proceeding days. Let's take a look at the list.

Buccaneers Restricted Free Agents (3+ years accrued service)

 

Player

Position

School

Right of First Refusal/Draft pick compensation

Barth, Connor

K

North Carolina

2nd

Lee, James

T

South Carolina State

2nd

Lynch, Corey

DB

Appalachian State

6th

Mack, Elbert

DB

Troy

ROFR

Okam, Frank

NT

Texas

5th

Spurlock, Micheal

WR

Mississippi

ROFR

 

 

Buccaneers Unrestricted Free Agents (4+ years accrued service)

 

Player

Position

School

Black, Quincy

LB

New Mexico

Crowder, Tim

DE

Texas

Gilmore, John

TE

Penn State

Hayward, Adam

LB

Portland State

Joseph, Davin

G

Oklahoma

Koutouvides, Niko

LB

Purdue

Ruud, Barrett

LB

Nebraska

Stovall, Maurice

WR

Notre Dame

Trueblood, Jeremy

T

Boston College

White, Stylez G

DE

Minnesota

Williams, Carnell

RB

Auburn

 

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