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Q. Why haven't the Bucs looked to address DE depth outside of draft? Free agents John Abraham and Dwight Freeney are still out there. Also O-line depth is questionable, especially at RT. There are a ton of options. Can they feel comfortable with injury prone lines?
- Travis B., Erie, Pa.
A. The thing you have to keep in mind here is that the Bucs are set on starting Adrian Clayborn at RDE and Da’Quan Bowers at LDE. They drafted those two guys 1-2 three years ago with that arrangement in mind, and now they’re going to execute it. That leaves them looking for depth at those spots, and it’s very possible that they talked to Freeney and Abraham about coming to Tampa and that neither was interested in coming here as a backup. Since then, the Bucs have drafted promising ends William Gholston and Steven Means. Even if just one works out, that should give them adequate depth at the position, along with Daniel Te’o-Nesheim. As for the RT spot, I was a little surprised they did not address that during the draft, but they did sign a couple of tackles as undrafted free agents. The Bucs still have Jamon Meredith on the roster as well. He did a solid job starting out of position at guard last year, and he can step in at RT if necessary.