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Monday, February 10, 2014
Bucs question: Interest in Tillman?

By Pat Yasinskas

Let’s start the day off with a question from mailbag.

Ryne in Chicago asks if the Bucs should make a hard push for cornerback Charles Tillman in free agency.

I think that’s at least a possibility because it’s logical on many levels. Although the new regime says it will build through the draft, the plan is to use free agency for complementary players. Tillman obviously has deep ties to coach Lovie Smith and that could be enough to open the door.

Tillman turns 33 later this month, but he still has a year or two left in him. The Bucs have Darrelle Revis at one cornerback spot. But Johnthan Banks is still developing at the other spot. Tillman could help serve as a bridge until Banks is fully ready. Having Revis, Tillman and Banks as the top three cornerbacks would give the Bucs a nice trio.

The possibility of this scenario also is enhanced by the fact that a player of Tillman’s age isn’t going to command a large salary.