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2013 NFL Free Agency Updates: Ronde Barber, James Harrison, Leodis McKelvin

More time has passed, and more news is out regarding NFL Free Agency. Here’s the latest updates:

  • Buccaneer legend Ronde Barber is wanted back by the Buccaneers, and the Bucs front office has given the veteran DB time to make his decision. Mark Dominik met with Barber and discussed their interest in bringing him back for yet another season, but it is unclear if there was any mention of role, or terms of a contract. Barber’s indecision means the Buccaneers may need to pursue a free agent free safety, possibly Dashon Goldson as we suggested earlier. But the door is open for Barber to come back, meaning there are likely only two options for Barber in 2012, retirement or being a Buccaneer. Any thoughts of him going to another franchise should be dismissed at this point.
  • James Harrison has been released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. ProFootballTalk references his goodbye tweet, and this ushers in the end of an era. The previously strong Steeler’s defense is crumbling, and the man who was the spirit and drive behind the defense is now a free agent. It is unlikely this is a player the Buccaneers would be interested in, but it is interesting to see the veterans being released from other teams as free agency approaches.
  • Leodis McKelvin, Bills cornerback and return specialist, has been re-signed to the team on a 4 year deal worth 20 million dollars. This sets an initial market value for cornerbacks, although terms have not been specifically confirmed. With the Buccaneers shopping for defensive backs this offseason, any news surrounding the signing of a corner gives us a look into the state of the market. It’s unclear if McKelvin was ever a target for the Buccaneers, but the pricetag reveals the cost of a player who received similar defensive grades as Buccaneers’ corner E.J. Biggers according to Pro Football Focus. McKelvin’s return game obviously changes his value, so expect a deal for Biggers to come in somewhere below the deal signed by Leodis.

As lunchtime passes, we may continue to learn more about the state of free agency. Stay tuned to The Pewter Plank for more updates!

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