It is far too soon to know if they will connect, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are once again reaching for the stars in free agency.
The Bucs have inquired about San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes, two of the top players on the market at their positions, according to the agent who represents both players.
NFL free agency begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday, with teams and agents able to negotiate up until the start of the signing period.
Meanwhile, a CBS Sports report by Jason LaCanfora said the Bucs are doing everything they can to sign Detroit Lions free agent defensive end Cliff Avril, one of the top pass rushers available.
The moves all make sense as the Bucs’ primary objective this offseason is to improve a defense that ranked last in the league last season against the pass and 30th in sacks with 27.
The Bucs’ attempts to work deals for Goldson, Grimes and Avril come a year after they signed Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson, Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks and cornerback Eric Wright on the first day of free agency.
Avril, 26, averaged 10 sacks per season the past two years while playing primarily left end, the same position Tampa Bay projected free agent Michael Bennett plays.