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Veteran Free Agents Could Be a Possibility for Bucs After Week One

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Dan Koppen is pretty darn close to my doppelganger.
Dan Koppen is pretty darn close to my doppelganger.


Having sensed the growing frustration amongst our readers with the current state of the roster, I just wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that if the Bucs are looking to bring in any veteran free agents it will likely come on Monday. Veterans are guaranteed their yearly salary if they are on the roster before the start of the regular season, but not if they are signed thereafter.

So if the Bucs wanted to take a run on Drayton Florence, Dan Koppen, Joselio Hanson, Deion Branch, or any of the other "big names" out there, they would be much better served to wait until after the Panthers' game. That way, if they decide it's not a good fit for them, they can cut bait with the player without being on the hook for a veteran's minimum salary for the entire season.

It's a good strategy, and I wouldn't be surprised if Mark Dominik took this approach. All of the roster churning that Sander mentioned in the post below may indeed turn up a diamond in the rough, but those players could be just playing on borrowed time until they go after the guy they really want on Monday.