The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might have taken a big step forward in its contract negotiations with free agent middle linebacker Shelton Quarles.
Quarles cancelled a visit to Kansas City after the Chiefs agreed to terms with free agent linebacker Shawn Barber on a seven-year contract on Monday.
While the Bucs are hoping to ink Quarles to a new deal this week, they still are only approximately $550,000 under the NFL-mandated $75-million salary cap. That's not enough room to re-sign any of the team's free agents, but the Bucs are working on restructuring some players' contracts. There's also a possibility the team will release one or more players in order to free up some cap space for Quarles and left tackle Roman Oben.
TWO BUCS FREE AGENTS VISIT OTHER TEAMS:
Al Singleton, who started 16 regular season games at strongside linebacker for the Bucs last season, visited the Detroit Lions on Monday.
Free safety Dexter Jackson, who was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXVII, visited the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday.
While the Bucs would like both players back, neither Singleton nor Jackson have been made a priority. Both Jackson and Singleton have scheduled visits with others teams.
BUCCANEER HEAVEN CLOSED THIS SUNDAY:
The world's largest Tampa Bay Buccaneers merchandise store -- Buccaneer Heaven -- will be closed for inventory on Sunday, March 9.
Fans can still, however, do their Bucs shopping on the internet by visiting BucGear.com..