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Buccaneers free agency: McCluster signing, other splash moves likely

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to sign Dexter McCluster to help fill the role of returner and 'speed in space'.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will target Dexter McCluster early in free agency, according to Pewter Report. The Bucs are in need of a return specialist and McCluster would fill that hole, while he'd also be able to play the role of 'speed in space' that offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford would love to see on offense. McCluster has functioned as a running back/wide receiver hybrid, but the speedster's size has often prevented him from making a huge impact on the field.

If the Bucs were to sign McCluster, that would likely mean bypassing Devin Hester, who was linked to the Bucs repeatedly based on some educated guesses.

In addition, Pewter Report notes that the Bucs are poised to make a few splash signings, and they name regarding offensive tackle Anthony Collins and defensive end Michael Johnson, both of whom had been linked to the Bucs before. The Bucs have also been linked to Rodger Saffold and Josh McCown.

The Buccaneers want to fill every hole on the roster in free agency, and they have $24 million in cap space, enough to make a few splash signings.