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Bucs get Blount back for one year; want Barber back too


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to have a very productive off-season with $44.3 million in cap space.

December 23, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Ronde Barber (20) walks off the field after the game against the St. Louis Rams at Raymond James Stadium. St. Louis Rams defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Buccaneers decided to sign running back LeGarrette Blount to a one-year deal. This gives the team some depth behind running back Doug Martin who had a breakout rookie season rushing for over 1400 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The Buccaneers may be shopping Blount around according Pat Yasinkas of ESPN NFL Nation, but the fact is that for now he will be a Buccaneer for the foreseeable future.

That can’t yet be said for veteran defensive back Ronde Barber. The team is still wooing him to come back for a 17th NFL season.

"Coach (Greg) Schiano and I met with Ronde this past week and expressed our desire for him to return to play another season with the Buccaneers. He asked us for some time to make his decision and we certainly respect that. – Bucs general manager Mark Dominik via"

Tampa Bay used a similar approach of wait-and-see to get Barber to come back last season. If Barber decides not to come back, Tampa Bay is one of few teams in the league that could actually pay frustrated Jets defensive back Darrelle Revis the contract that he wants.

Tampa Bay has many options in front of them this off-season and plenty of cash to spend before the NFL draft.