The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reportedly close to re-signing Quincy Black. According to Stephen Holder the two sides have been engaged in negotiations and things look promising. Black, 27, was drafted by the Bucs in the 3rd round in 2007 as has started the past two seasons at outside linebacker. Per Holder:
Harold Lewis said he has been in talks with general manager Mark Dominik about a multi-year deal that would alllow Tampa Bay to retain its 2007 third-round pick and two-year starter.
This is a bit of a strange move, not because the Bucs shouldn’t be resigning Black, but because earlier today we reported that Davin Joseph and his agent have had no such talks with the Buccaneers front office. All I can figure is that the Mark Dominik knows it will be a considerably larger expenditure to resign Joseph, so he wants to spend more time on that negotiation. Yesterday, at his press conference, Dominik mentioned he wanted to wine-and-dine the Bucs potential unrestricted free agents. Black didn’t really seem to require as much attention, having publicly stated his desire to return to Tampa.
Who knows, either way, Quincy Black is a solid player to bring back. He comes familiar with the defense, the terminology and has proven he can play at a consistent, if less than flashy, level. Now let’s move on to Davin Joseph…