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The front office and coaching staff put an aggressive plan in place to attack the free-agent market. The performance of the quarterback position in 2006 was a major concern. Garcia (Eagles) was signed to compete with Simms for the starting position. The Buccaneers also traded for the rights to QB Jake Plummer (Broncos), who has announced his retirement. They added experience to their offensive line with the additions of LT Luke Petitgout (Giants) and G Matt Lehr (Falcons), while also signing FB B.J. Askew (Jets). Defensively, the Buccaneers added two explosive playmakers who should make an impact this season. OLB Cato June (Colts) is a very athletic veteran who really fits the Buccaneers' defensive schemes, while LDE Kevin Carter (Dolphins) is a versatile player who continues to play at a high level. They also added DE Patrick Chukwurah (Broncos) and corner Sammy Davis (49ers). Chukwurah is an undersized pass rusher who finished with 4.5 sacks last season.
The biggest offseason departure was backup DE Dewayne White. White replaced the injured Simeon Rice last season and finished the season with five sacks. He is an intriguing young pass rusher who joined his former coach, Rod Marinelli, in Detroit. The Buccaneers also lost three offensive linemen. G Sean Mahan signed with the Steelers and backup OT Cornell Green joined the Raiders. Former first-round pick Kenyatta Walker failed his physical and was released prior to the start of free agency. MLB Shelton Quarles might have played his last season with the Buccaneers and is expected to either retire or be released before training camp.
The Buccaneers will do all they can to position themselves to draft WR Calvin Johnson. The Bucs need a dynamic impact player on the offensive side of the ball to improve the supporting cast around either Simms or Garcia. Defensively, they are going to address the interior of the line, while trying to find a young pass rusher they can develop. Also, look for the Buccaneers to try to get younger on the backend, especially at corner. They could also look to address their safety situation. Both SS Jermaine Phillips and FS Will Allen need to improve their performance in 2007.