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You be the Bucs GM: Linebacker

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Published:   |   Updated: March 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM

The NFL free agency period begins at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. That means the Buccaneers and 31 other teams have only a few precious days left to decide which of their free agents to bring back and who to pursue — and how much money to spend — when players hit the open market.BUCS UNDER CONTRACT FOR 2013

The Bucs are about $33 million under the 2013 salary cap of $123 million.

Player

Jacob Cutera (RFA)

OLB Paul Kruger

Fifth-year general manager Mark Dominik is in charge of shaping the roster, and there are plenty of needs and variables to consider.

For eight days, the Tribune and TBO.com will feature one position each day. We’ll provide analysis of the position and list the players to consider: Bucs under contract for 2013, plus Bucs and notable NFL players scheduled to become free agents.POTENTIAL BUCS FREE AGENTSPOTENTIAL NFL FREE AGENTS

So, Bucs fans, what would you do? Now is your chance. You be the GM.

THE SCHEDULE

Sunday: Quarterback

The good news for Buccaneers fans is second-round draft pick Lavonte David emerged as a legitimate candidate for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and second-year pro Mason Foster improved every facet of his game in the middle.

On a negative note, Tampa Bay is seeking a starter at strongside linebacker because Quincy Black is recovering from offseason surgery to repair nerve damage in his left shoulder. Black was playing effectively before the season-ending injury occurred against San Diego Nov. 11, and now his career is in jeopardy.

The Bucs aren’t likely to pay big money for a replacement because the strongside position in Tampa has rarely generated splash plays.

David was a revelation coming out of Nebraska, drawing comparisons to a young Derrick Brooks while posting 20 tackles for loss and calling defensive signals.

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