TAMPA, Fla. -- I’ll be back in a bit with more analysis on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ big free-agent signings.
But, first, a few newsy tidbits on the Bucs.
General manager Mark Dominik said the signing of Eric Wright doesn’t change anything in relation to Ronde Barber. Dominik said the team still would like Barber back for a 16th season. The team has told that to Barber, who is an unrestricted free agent. Barber has asked for time to decide his future. Dominik said there still is time.
Although there are reports that the Bucs have signed quarterback Dan Orlovsky as a backup for Josh Freeman, Dominik said there is no agreement with Orlovsky. But he didn’t deny that there have been talks with his agent.
It sounds as if previous reports that center Jeff Faine will be released will come true. When asked if the signing of guard Carl Nicks means Jeremy Zuttah will move to center and what that means for Faine’s future, Dominik said he’d be discussing that situation with Faine’s agent later Wednesday. The Bucs would free up nearly $6 million in cap space by releasing Faine.
Although there have been reports and suggestions by the team that Mason Foster will move to outside linebacker, Dominik said, after reviewing film of his rookie year, the new coaching staff believes there is a chance Foster will stay at middle linebacker.
Wright, Nicks and Vincent Jackson posed with jerseys at the end of the news conference. For the record, Jackson had No. 83, Wright held No. 21 and Nicks had No. 77.