Is Law The Right Fit For The Bucs?

Bucs battle salary cap woes to go after Patriots' all-time leading interceptor

By Jeff Berlinicke

With little money in hand, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still making a serious effort to nab free agent cornerback Ty Law from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

Law's signing would cause quite a controversy around 1 Buc Place, since cornerback Ronde Barber is in contract negotiations with Law. Barber is already under contract, but the Bucs are hoping he'll be willing to restructure his contract to loosen up a few dollars. Barber isn't crazy about the idea.

Law has said he wants significant money and, like all free agents, is keeping an eye on what other top NFL cornerbacks are earning.

The Bucs have tendered a contract offer to the four-time Pro-Bowler, but so have the Dolphins, Jets, Colts, and reportedly, the Jaguars. If the Bucs need to get into a bidding war for Law, they would come up short if money were the issue.

Law has experience, with three Super Bowl rings, but he's also recovering from a left foot fracture suffered in the AFC championship game last season.

While Berber is set on one side, the Bucs have struggled with incumbents Brian Kelly and Corey Ivy on the other side. They made no big moves in the draft, and Law might be a good fit for a year or two, but he's still a long shot.

Law holds Patriots records for interceptions (36), interceptions returned for touchdowns (six), and passes defensed (142).

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