Tampa Bay Shifts Focus Back To Free Agency

April 27 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to re-sign about 12 undrafted free agents, and will look at some veteran free agents such as offensive tackle Blake Brockermeyer to fill out its roster for training camp.

After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 2003 draft concluded on Sunday, head coach Jon Gruden indicated that the team will add about a dozen undrafted free agents on Sunday night to fill out roster spots for training camp at receiver, offensive line, defensive line, linebacker and in the secondary.

Among the undrafted free agents the Buccaneers could sign include Howard LB Tracy White, Lambuth College DE Nick Stamper, Central Florida WR Jimmy Fryzel and South Florida DTs Tavares Jurinacek and Greg Walls. All five players visited One Buccaneer Place prior to the draft and went undrafted over the weekend.

Gruden also said that that the Bucs will take another look at veterans in free agency after the draft and after June 1.

"We're not done," said Gruden. "We are going to continue to probe free agency and see what occurs on June 1. In the meantime, we are going to try to develop some of these young players we have talked about and hopefully lure a free agent or two here between now and mini-camp next week."

One veteran free agent who could be on Tampa Bay's radar following the draft could be offensive tackle Blake Brockermeyer, who last played for Denver. Brockermeyer is coming off major shoulder surgery and visited the Bucs in March. The Bucs like his ability to play either left or right tackle. Should they sign him, it would likely be a one-year deal for the veteran minimum.


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