June Logs First Visit

Colts linebacker Cato June made his first visit of the free agency period. And to no one's surprise, it was with another team that runs the Cover 2 defensive scheme.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that one of their three visitors to their team's headquarters on Friday was Colts weakside linebacker Cato June. It's the first visit for June since free agency opened on March 2nd.

June had a physical and met with coaches to get familiar with the potential opportunity for him in Tampa Bay. Under head coach Jon Gruden, the Buccaneers still run the Tampa 2 defensive scheme that was the mainstay of Tony Dungy's defense when he was the head coach of the Buccaneers. June has thrived in that system as a member of the current World Champion Indianapolis Colts.

The 27-year old linebacker has been a starter for the past three seasons in Indianapolis and led the team in tackles during two of those three years. He earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2005 and has posted at least 100 tackles in each of the last three seasons.

At 6-0, 227 pounds, some have speculated that the market has been tougher than expected for June as his size is not ideal for many traditional defensive schemes. But in the Tampa 2 and other variations of the Cover 2 system, speed is more valuable than size, and June has shown a knack for hitting gaps without getting tied up by larger adversaries.

The Buccaneers also took a look at Panthers linebacker Chris Draft, who had 111 tackles last year and has the versatility to play at any of the three linebacker positions. And they met with Saints franchised defensive end Charles Grant.

There has been no indication that any of the three have been offered a contract yet as of late Friday afternoon.


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