Report: Bucs agree to deal with OL

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasted no time dipping into free agency, according to published reports. The Bucs reportedly agreed to a multi-year contract with one of the free-agent market's top offensive linemen just an hour into free agency. Find out who right here!

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly agreed to a multi-year contract with New Orleans Saints C Jeff Faine, making him the highest-paid center in the NFL.

The news of the deal first broke at about 1 a.m. Friday at tampabay.com. Both Bucsblitz.com and Scout.com's Adam Caplan attempted to make contact with Faine's agent, Ben Dogra, but had not heard back from Dogra as of 2 a.m. Friday.

If the report is accurate, the Buccaneers quickly found a solution to their dilemma at center after allowing veteran John Wade to depart in free agency.

Faine, a five-year veteran, began his career in Cleveland after the Browns made him a first-round pick in 2003. The Browns dealt Faine to New Orleans in 2006 and Faine became an immediate starter for the Saints.

While Faine is only 6-foot-3 and 291 pounds, he is considered an above-average tactician and excels at recognizing defenses.

Bucsblitz.com will be back at its Interactive Free Agent Blog beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, keeping you up to date on all the key rumors and player meetings for the Bucs and the rest of the league.


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