After signing four players yesterday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are showing no signs of slowing down.
We mentioned yesterday that Charles Tillman and Anthony Collins were going to be visiting One Buc Place, but they will now be joined by three other players according to Bucs senior writer Scott Smith.
Also visiting the Bucs in the first 24 hours of free agency: WR Ted Ginn, LB Dane Fletcher and C Evan Dietrich-Smith.
— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) March 12, 2014
Ted Ginn is an interesting name and one that hadn’t been strongly linked with the Bucs. However, his interest should come as no surprise considering he has skills in two areas the Bucs lack: the return game and slot receiver.
Ginn has always been a dynamic return man as demonstrated by his six return touchdowns in his career (three punt returns, three kickoff returns).
His use as a receiver has varied year-by-year. Some years he is used regularly (2008 and 2013), while other years he is used sparingly (2010 and 2012). However, he has the skill set needed to be a valuable slot receiver for the Bucs, a position of trouble for Tampa Bay over the last few seasons.
Linebacker Dane Fletcher has spent the first three years of his career with the New England Patriots. He tends to play on passing downs and in third down situations. With the Bucs having already lost Dekoda Watson (Jacksonville) and Adam Hayward (Washington) the Bucs are in need of linebacker depth and Fletcher could be a good solution. He has 81 tackles, and four sacks, in 38 career games.
The final player visiting One Buc Place, for now, is center Evan Dietrich-Smith.
EDS, as he is known, would be a good addition to an offensive line that is getting somewhat of an overhaul during the offseason. He is regarded as an exceptional pass blocker and very rarely gives up sacks (only five in 16 games last season).
His potential signing could result in Jeremy Zuttah having to find a new position on the offensive line in 2014.
The Bucs are getting closer to the salary cap with the signings they have made, so additions and subtractions to the roster will be coming regularly.
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