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Bucs to make “strong push” for free agent Curtis Lofton

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The Bucs have finished dead last in the league in run defense in two of the past three seasons. In between (2010), they ranked 28th.

First-year head coach Greg Schiano plans to change that. The Buccaneers are transitioning away from former coach Raheem Morris’ soft defense, and finding a run-stuffing middle linebacker appears to be near the top of the team’s offseason priorities.

Citing a source, FOX Sports’ Alex Marvez wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning that the Bucs are expected to “make a strong push” for free agent linebacker Curtis Lofton.

Incumbent middle linebacker Mason Foster is better suited to play outside, and the 6-foot, 242-pound Lofton would add a thumping presence on the interior. Lofton is the No. 20 overall player on PFT’s Hot 100 Free Agent list.

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19 Responses to “Bucs to make “strong push” for free agent Curtis Lofton”
  1. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 13, 2012 11:03 AM

    This is gonna be fun. I have my clock counting down.

  2. vegaskid21 says: Mar 13, 2012 11:03 AM

    What the Bucs and the Glaziers (Owners) consider a “strong push” is about 1.5 Million

  3. armchairqb says: Mar 13, 2012 11:03 AM

    Don’t do it, Curtis! Come to the Giants!

  4. bucrightoff says: Mar 13, 2012 11:07 AM

    This would be a huge signing if they could pull it off. Bucs back 7 is beyond awful right now, we need all the playmakers we can get.

  5. countsnail says: Mar 13, 2012 11:09 AM

    The Eagles could use a guy like this. Which is exactly why they won’t sign him.

    They’ll probably take the cheaper route and pursue injury prone Dan Conner. Or better yet, no one at all.

  6. westampa says: Mar 13, 2012 11:10 AM

    This is much more comforting than last year when they tried to convince the fans a 3rd round rookie was going to start before training camp even started.

  7. westampa says: Mar 13, 2012 11:12 AM

    I would love to see Raheem’s reaction when the Bucs sign some top free agents for the new coach. But, they got you an elite punter Raheem!

  8. chc4 says: Mar 13, 2012 11:14 AM

    Lofton is fine, nothing special. 2 down guy… can’t play the pass at all. Atlanta has the $ to sign him but isn’t… that says alot.

  9. zampft says: Mar 13, 2012 11:21 AM

    sweet! I think good linebackers are the key to good defense.

  10. kane337 says: Mar 13, 2012 11:44 AM

    Hate to see Lofton go. He was a very reliable player. He’s a good player but not a great one. Hopefully he stays out of the division.

  11. zn0rseman says: Mar 13, 2012 11:46 AM

    Lofton would be a great fit for the Vikings. They have a stud LB on the outside in Chad Greenway, followed by a lot of question marks. I would be suprised if they don’t make a play for Lofton who could immediately bolster their defense and he not only is use to playing on turf in Atlanta, but he fits the Vikings scheme perfectly.

  12. seatownballers says: Mar 13, 2012 11:53 AM

    Better get him..

  13. lilrob10201 says: Mar 13, 2012 11:53 AM

    armchairqb says:
    Mar 13, 2012 11:03 AM
    Don’t do it, Curtis! Come to the Giants!
    The Giants already have to take care of their own and they are over the cap space.

  14. rollteal says: Mar 13, 2012 11:54 AM

    4 hours and 5 minutes remaining until Free Agency

  15. gotampabay52 says: Mar 13, 2012 12:09 PM

    go get em bring in the best

  16. banjojones says: Mar 13, 2012 12:39 PM

    Curtis is a tackling machine.

  17. bucfaninil says: Mar 13, 2012 12:39 PM

    I guess rumor has it… he’s already in the Tampa area

  18. alstottupthegut says: Mar 13, 2012 3:18 PM

    Give Derrick Brooks a call!

    For real.

  19. tellrodt says: Mar 13, 2012 4:37 PM

    Get Vincent Jackson, THEN get this guy. If the Bucs could get a top 5 WR AND upgrade the LB position in the same offseason, I would be tickled pink. I’d love to get Cortland Finnegan and V. Jack but Morris Claiborne SHOULD be available when the Bucs pick 5th in April and although he isn’t a proven NFL corner, he would be cheaper and well worth the pick considering he has a huge amount of talent. Exciting to see the Bucs actually seriously considering some good players.

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