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After fast start, Bucs’ pace slows in free agency

TAMPA — So much talk has been generated by the arrival of newcomers such as defensive end Michael Johnson, cornerback Alterraun Verner and quarterback Josh McCown, Buccaneers followers might not realize the team has actually fallen into a free-agency signing lull.

Since the initial windfall of signings in the first 24 hours of the free-agency signing period, cornerback Charles Tillman left One Buc Place without a contract, wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. opted to sign with Arizona and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, who never made it to Tampa for his scheduled visit, signed with Minnestoa.

The Bucs are still shopping, of course, and remain hopeful they can lure at least a couple more players back to Tampa, including Packers free agent center Evan Dietrich-Smith, Steelers free agent receiver Emmanuel Sanders and Patriots free agent linebacker Dane Fletcher.

With approximately $15 million of available salary cap space, money certainly won’t prohibit them from making further deals. But even general manager Jason Licht suggested the recent slow down in activity could go on for a while.

“We’re brainstorming right now on several different ideas and things can obviously change from hour to hour,’’ Licht said following the introduction of McCown and tackle Anthony Collins on Thursday. “But right now I’m not really expecting anything new.’’

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