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Daily Bucs Links 7/27/11 - Free Agent Frenzy

Yesterday was pretty crazy, despite a real lack of movement on the free agency market. Undrafted free agents were streaming in and rumors were flying. So here

Hayes Says Bucs Defense Will Be Great In 2011 | Pewter Report
Geno Hayes believes in this defense. He also said that he's worked hard on critiquing himself and needs to be more consistent. If he can turn into a consistent player, he can be very good. 

2011-12 Preseason Broadcast Partner Announced |
The Bucs have agreed to a deal with WTSP-TV Channel 10 News on preseason games, and the final three preseason games will be aired on that channel this season. The first game against the Kansas City Chiefs will be aired on Fox as a nationally televised game. 

Lockout over, NFL confirms game in London - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
With the lockout ending before August 1, the October 23 Bucs game against the Chicago Bears will be played in London. 

Confusion crippled some clubs in Monday night's rush | National Football Post
Apparently some teams didn't realize they could talk to rookie free agents on Monday. Brad Biggs quotes one NFC South GM to that effect - could that be Mark Dominik? The Bucs did get off to a slow start. 

Post-lockout acquisitions | ProFootballTalk
A quick overview of all the post-lockout free agency movement so far. 

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An inside look at NFL cut day | National Football Post
Matt Bowen writes about getting cut. 

Hall of Famer Mackey leaves great legacy |
The Tampa Tribune's story about John Mackey and his legacy in the form of help and financial aid for retired players. 

Conversation With NFL Draft Scout’s Chad Reuter-Part II | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Always worth a read, Matt Waldman continues his interview with former NFL consultant Chad Reuter. 

[Video] ‪Thank You Fans From NFL Players‬‏ - YouTube
The players taped a little ad to thank the fans for sticking with them. Maurice Stovall appears in the video. 

Undrafted free agents are a long shot - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Yasinskas writes that undrafted free agents rarely make it beyond training camp. He's entirely right. 

Benn Passes Physical, Will Be 100 Percent By Season Opener | Pewter Report
Pewter Report's story on Arrelious Benn's press conference. 

Faine says re-signing Joseph is 'paramount.' | & St. Petersburg Times
He also said that re-signing Trueblood is paramount. 

Grimm Ready To Pick Up Where He Left Off | Pewter Report
Cody Grimm is fully healthy and ready to go. 

Bucs players eager to return to One Buc |
The Bucs want to get back to business. 

Faine Relieved Lockout Is Over | Pewter Report
Well, that should be pretty obvious. | Nick Barnett Pines For The Bucs - Tampa Bay Bucs Football
Apparently Nick Barnett said he wants to go to the Bucs. Barnett is old, though, and I doubt the Bucs bring him in. 

Buccaneers Back At One Buc Place - Bay News 9
All four press conferences yesterday in one easy place. Jeff Faine, Arrelious Benn, Cody Grimm and Geno Hayes all held press conferences yesterday at One Buc Place. 

Panthers announce new deal with Charles Johnson | ProFootballTalk
The Carolina Panthers agreed to terms with Charles Johnson. At least  he isn't going to the Falcons, I guess. 

Bucs sticking with troubled Aqib Talib | & St. Petersburg Times
Mark Dominik made it clear that the Bucs will keep Talib while the legal process continues. 

Barrett Ruud no longer appears to be in Bucs future | & St. Petersburg Times
Barrett Ruud seems to have 1 and 9/10th of a foot out the door. 

Ranking the top 25 prospects in the NFL, Nos. 11-25 - ESPN
Football Outsiders top 25 prospects in the NFL and G Derek Hardman makes it on the list. That's surprising, to say the last, though Hardman was adequate last season. Ted Larsen would have been a more logical choice, though. 

Bucs Sign LB Foster, Ruud's Days In Tampa Bay May Be Over | Pewter Report
Another story on Ruud leaving. 

Henderson: Bucs needs to shop free agency market |
Joe Henderson makes the argument that the Bucs need to spent. 

If you believe Dominik, Bucs not bidding for Nnamdi Asomugha | & St. Petersburg Times
You can probably scratch Asomugha from the wishlist.