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Bucs not done with free agency, Smith says

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TAMPA — The pace of free agency signings has definitely slowed down at One Buc Place, but Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith says fans need to stay tuned for a couple more moves.

“They should (expect more moves),” Smith told Buccaneers.com. “We feel we’re in the fourth quarter (of free agency) now, but it’s all about how you finish and hopefully we can bring in a couple more.”

One of those players figures to be a cornerback to work behind projected starters Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks. And another could be a wide receiver to add depth behind starters Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams.

The Bucs visited Monday with former University of South Florida cornerback Mike Jenkins, but he left the building without signing and spent Tuesday visiting with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Bucs then met Tuesday with former University of Florida wide receiver Louis Murphy, and there is a chance they will take a look at former Chicago Bears wideout Earl Bennett.

A 2008 third-round pick by the Bears — who were being coached by Smith at the time — Bennett was let go by Chicago on Monday and could be a slot option for Tampa Bay.

The Bucs have added 10 players this free-agency period, including quarterback Josh McCown, right defensive end Michael Johnson, left tackle Anthony Collins and tight end Brandon Myers, all projected starters.

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