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Bucs keep Phillips

March, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

 Phillips

The Bucs just announced they have re-signed safety Jermaine Phillips. They also confirmed previous reports that they also have re-signed tight end Jerramy Stevens and receiver Cortez Hankton.

The re-signing of Phillips is by far the biggest move of those three. He's been a starting safety and there was concern the Bucs would lose him on the heels of cornerback Phillip Buchanon signing with Detroit.

Phillips had drawn interest from San Diego and Seattle, but elected to stay in Tampa Bay where he and Tanard Jackson will remain as the starting safety duo. The Bucs expect second-year pro Aqib Talib to take over at one starting cornerback position next season. Veteran Ronde Barber remains on the roster, but the Bucs also have been looking at some free-agent cornerbacks.

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