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Daily Bucs Links - 7/28/11 - Free Agency Rolls On

5 key issues facing the Bucs as season begins |
The Tampa Tribune examines the 5 key issues the Bucs need to deal with now. At the top of the list: get to the QB.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers lock up key players with rapid-fire deals - St. Petersburg Times
The Bucs are locking up their key players. Apparently, the rookies and Quincy Black are the key players. 

I also wanted to highlight a number of our stories over the past two days:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to bring in one expensive, external free agent - Bucs Nation
In my opinion, the Buccaneers have to bring in one external free agent this offseason. 

Mark Dominik hints at spending: "Free agency should be used to fill out a starting role" - Bucs Nation
Dominik wants to get starters out of free agency, not backups. Discard any rumors saying the Bucs are going after backup-level players (like Fabian Washington). 

Mason Foster will be the Bucs' starting middle linebacker, Barrett Ruud on his way out - Bucs Nation
Not only that, Stephen Holder said on Twitter that Barrett Ruud was gone, barring a very short, very cheap contract. He's out. 

Quincy Black is back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Bucs Nation
The first 'big' (re-)signing: Quincy Black.

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[Video]Journey to the Field, Part 2 |
The second part of a video series on Legarrette Blount.

Signing rookie free agents isn't just about money | National Football Post
Former Bears director of college scouting Greg Gabriel explains what it takes to get rookie free agents in the building.

NFL notebook | National Football Post
Matt Bowen talks about some of the free agent deals of the past two days. 

Postscript on the Deal | National Football Post
Andrew Brandt give some more analysis of the new CBA. 

NFL Draft Scout’s Chad Reuter-Part III | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Chad Reuter continues his interview with Chad Reuter. It's very interesting for anyone interested in the draft or personnel evaluation. 

Even Charles Johnson Was Surprised the Panthers Paid Him $30 Million Guaranteed | Larry Brown Sports
Seems that Charles Johnson expected money, but not that kind of money. The Panthers are spending a ton of money on their own players.