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Daily Bucs Links 7/20/11 - Donald Penn predicts "a Super Bowl soon", NFL sued for brain injury risks

Bucs T Penn waiting, watching as NFL labor talks continue |
Donald Penn is eager to go, and wants Bucs fans to know that Josh Freeman will lead them to a Super Bowl soon. I sure hope so. 

Reduced training camp schedule will affect Bucs' preparation | & St. Petersburg Times
Here's a shocker: a reduced offseason and less time for a training camp as well as the lack of two-a-days (which will be part of the new CBA), the Bucs' training camp will look different.

LB Mason Foster ready to play anywhere for Bucs - Blog -
Mason Foster is a versatile player, and it seems he and the Bucs know that. They asked him to study up as a middle linebacker | Freeman An Interesting Pick For Jim Rome - Tampa Bay Bucs Football
Josh Freeman appeared on Jim Rome's show, and talked about the great job the defense has done this offseason.

Report: NFL sued for concealing brain injury risks | ProFootballTalk
This should be interesting: former players are suing the NFL for the brain injuries they sustained, claiming that the NFL was trying to conceal the consequences of repeated hits. I wonder when they're going to go after the NCAA. 

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5 Mid-Level Free Agents | Pewter Report
Pewter Report talks about 5 mid-tier free agents the Bucs could pursue: CB Eric Wright, CB Josh Wilson, LB Paul Posluszny, LB Thomas Davis and RT Tyson Clabo. 

NFC South top 10 free agents - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Pat Yasinskas notes the top free agents in the NFC South, with two Bucs making the list: Davin Joseph and Barrett Ruud. 

Sources: Jackson, Mankins push for compensation - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Panic, panic, panic! Some players are asking for special compensation, as Reggie White and company did in 1993! | Source: NFLPA will not recommond any special considerations for the 10 plaintiffs in the Brady case
Oh, they backed down. Panic over!


NFL steps up efforts to sell Bucs-Bears tickets for game in London | & St. Petersburg Times
Another sign that the lockout is almost over. Though it should be noted that tickets still aren't for sale, so they're not exactly 'stepping up' anything. 

Brian Billick breaks down the top free-agent running backs - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN h/t JoeBucsFan
One of Billick's top running backs is Cadillac Williams as the 9th best running back on the market. He also notes that the Bucs aren't going to make it a priority to sign Caddy. 

Consensus -- Packers will own 2014-16 - ESPN
That's the consensus, but the second team listed was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Breaking down the NFL's top free agent linebackers - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Barrett Ruud is on this list somewhere, and Billick sees him going to the Giants or returning to Tampa. 

Breaking down the NFL's top free-agent offensive linemen - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Given the fact that neither Carl Nicks nor Logan Mankins are actually unrestricted free agents (one is restricted, the other has been franchised), Davin Joseph is the top guard on the market. 

On Target for Fantasy Success |
The Bucs' website analyzes some fantasy potential for Buccaneers. 

Tampa native, NFL standout Blue dies at 65 |
Forrest Blue, four-time Pro Bowler as a 49er and Tampa native died at 65.