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Lovie Smith wants strong finish to free agency


The Buccaneers have signed 10 players since free agency opened last week and one of the men overseeing the overhaul of the roster says that they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

Coach Lovie Smith compared this portion of free agency to the final minutes of a game when asked if Buccaneers fans should expect more new arrivals in the near future.

“They should,” Smith said in an interview with the team’s website. “We feel we’re in the fourth quarter now, but it’s all about how you finish and hopefully we can bring in a couple more.”

Cornerback and wide receiver appear to be two spots where the Bucs are trying to add more depth. Cornerback Mike Jenkins and wide receiver Louis Murphy have both visited with the team recently, but neither one has signed. Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports “there’s a chance” that wide receiver Earl Bennett could get in the mix after being released by the Bears. Bennett played for Smith in Chicago in his first five NFL seasons.

Even if the Bucs stand pat from here, they’ve used free agency to churn through a significant chunk of the roster in the blink of an eye. Any stamp Greg Schiano put on this team will be hard to find come next season.

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7 Responses to “Lovie Smith wants strong finish to free agency”
  1. cjweber5187 says: Mar 20, 2014 7:07 AM

    I really hope the team buys into Lovie’s philosophy. There was way too much talent on the roster to justify going 4-12 last year.

  2. cbowers44 says: Mar 20, 2014 7:54 AM

    Time for Devin Hester!!!

  3. Indybear says: Mar 20, 2014 9:12 AM

    Sooooo glad he’s no longer in Chicago.

  4. fmdragons59 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:19 AM

    Mike Jenkins SHOUD BE A NO-BRAINER, but I guess he is an idiot.

  5. dellis2008 says: Mar 20, 2014 10:58 AM

    I just hope lovie takes a QB.. I’m am not sold or happy with mike Glenn or josh McCown… Get a qb while we have the chance

  6. sportsfan18 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:17 PM

    Indybear says:
    Mar 20, 2014 9:12 AM
    Sooooo glad he’s no longer in Chicago.

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    I’m a long time Bears fan from the mid 1970’s

    Lovie was good, not great. Actually, with the defense the team had I think they should have had more success than they did.

    In his 9 yrs there, ONLY once did they have consecutive winning seasons.

    His teams were too up and down… some of their records from year to year…

    13 & 3 to

    7 & 9 to

    9 & 7 to

    7 & 9 to

    11 & 5 to

    8 & 8

    Being so up and down, they ONLY made the playoffs 3 times in his 9 seasons as head coach.

    Again, he is a good coach, but far from a great one.

  7. stcoops says: Mar 21, 2014 9:26 AM

    Tampa enjoy your 5 years of Lovie definitely wore out his welcome here in Chicago. Get used to as our media labeled it Lovie speek. I can already tell its the same in Tampa. Enjoy !!

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