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A Pro Football Blog by Roy Cummings and Ira Kaufman

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Playing for Bucs is ‘dream come true’ for Hargreaves

Buccaneers’ first-round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves III discusses his excitement to play for his hometown team.

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Bucs fans react to Vernon Hargreaves pick

Fans at the Buccaneers’ Draft Party at Raymond James Stadium react to the team’s first-round draft pick.

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Tribune/TBO final 2016 Bucs mock draft: Hargreaves fills a needs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers addressed three of their most glaring needs during the first three days of free agency, signing defensive end Robert Ayers, cornerback Brent Grimes and left guard J.R. Sweezy.

Those additions and the re-signing of running back Doug Martin means a team that once might have had to focus on need during the early rounds of the 2016 NFL draft can now take a best-player-available approach.

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Bucs could still be in hunt for Josh Norman

TAMPA - If you’re wondering if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the salary cap space available to sign free agent cornerback Josh Norman away from the Carolina Panthers, the answer is yes.

The question that has to be answered is, do the Buccaneers have the inclination to sign free agent cornerback Josh Norman? The answer to that question is probably yes as well.

With $16 million in cap space and still in need of cornerback help despite the signing of free agent corners Brent Grimes and Josh Robinson, the Bucs could easily become players in the Norman sweepstakes.

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Licht hoping to uncover more ‘deep tracks’ in NFL draft

TAMPA — Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht loves rock and roll. His favorite band is AC/DC and he’s anything but a casual fan.

His passion for obscure album cuts such as “Night Prowler’’ is just as great as his passion for hits such as “Back in Black.’’

Along those lines, Licht believes there are a few “Night Prowlers’’ lurking in every NFL Draft class.

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Bucs announce ‘voluntary offseason workout’ schedule

There really is no such thing as an offseason in the NFL. The proof is right here.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday released what is commonly referred to as their “voluntary offseason workout’’ schedule.

A few things to keep in mind regarding the schedule: all workouts are closed to the public and consist of three phases.

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Koetter: Signing Smith at LB was an easy decision

TAMPA — The thought of signing a 34-year-old inside linebacker to take over as one of your starting outside linebackers naturally would cause a coach or two to hesitate.

It appears that wasn’t the case with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said the decision to sign Daryl Smith and make him the Bucs’ new starting strongside backer was approved unanimously by the three coaches most involved in that call.

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Koetter confident Grimes’ won’t be distraction

BOCA RATON — Like Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht, head coach Dirk Koetter says he is confident cornerback Brent Grimes’ wife, Miko, will not become a distraction for his team

Koetter is so confident, in fact, that he didn’t see a need to discuss Miko Grimes’ history of publicly criticizing her husband’s teams and teammates during the Bucs’ courting of Brent Grimes during free agency.

“We already had a relationship with Miko,’’ Koetter said, referring to Grimes tenure in Atlanta, where Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith was head coach and Koetter was offensive coordinator.

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Buccaneers sign Brent Grimes, Robert Ayers Jr. to bolster defense

The first week of NFL Free Agency brought a few new faces to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In this video, Olivia Stacey recaps the acquisitions.

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Grimes jumped on chance to rejoin Mike Smith with Bucs

Cornerback Brent Grimes had a chance a few years ago to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but passed on it. When the opportunity came again this year he jumped on it.

The latest change in coaches was one of the reasons.

Grimes, who recently signed a two-year, $16.5 million deal, spent four of his first five years in the NFL playing for Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith, head coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 2008 to 2014.

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