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Buccaneers Free Agency 2012: Tampa Bay Has $44 Million To Spend

NFL Free Agency is just about six hours away, which means that teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a crazy amount of cap room may not look the same tomorrow as they look today. Our Buccaneers blog Bucs Nation reports that Tampa Bay has about $44 million in cap space, and they also have a pretty good idea of where they may use it.

The team has a lot of different needs, and while they have plenty of room, they cannot sign premium free agents at every position. The Bucs must add a cornerback, a linebacker, a guard (assuming they cut Jeff Faine), a third-down back and preferably a number one receiver. Looking at the depth at each position, the available players, and the Bucs' needs there are two positions where they could immediately sign premium free agents, while reinforcing the team with second-tier free agents at other positions.

They ultimately cut Faine this morning. Two of the big name targets that have been linked to the Buccaneers a lot this offseason are Vincent Jackson and Cortland Finnegan. They can afford to sign both of them and still have a pretty large amount of cap room to add to their team.

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