With Draft Approaching, Free Agency News Will Slow

April 17 - Don't expect the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to make much noise in free agency in the next two weeks or so. Bucs general manager Rich McKay said Wednesday that the team has turned its attention to the NFL Draft, which is just 10 days away.

The Buccaneers aren't done signing free agents this offseason. They're just taking a break from the action while they turn their attention toward the upcoming NFL Draft.

Tampa Bay is interested in re-signing tight end Rickey Dudley, but with just 10 days to go before the draft starts, the Bucs don't plan on trying to ink its free-agent tight end or any other players for that matter until the draft is over.

"We could still add a veteran or two at a lower level, but not this week and not next week," said Bucs general manager Rich McKay. "Maybe after that. We'll see who we get in the draft and we'll see how that plays out. I would not rule out June, and never do. I wouldn't say June is going to be a big June this year. Last year we signed one player in Keenan McCardell. Could that happen? Sure that could happen. Do I expect it to happen? No."

The Bucs are without a first-round draft pick for the second consecutive season because of the trade with Oakland for Jon Gruden last year. Despite releasing center Jeff Christy and losing free safety Dexter Jackson and strongside linebacker Al Singleton in free agency, the Bucs are pleased with the team they've assembled thus far.

"We lost two free agents," said McKay. "Out of 22 starters last year we were basically able to bring 19 of them back. We filled those positions and we're comfortable with the way we filled them."


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