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Linebacker Jacquian Williams on Buccaneers' radar

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of five teams to have contacted New York Giants linebacker Jacquian Williamsaccording to Justin Pawlowski of Williams has started 22 games over his four-year career, playing every position on the Giants' 4-3 linebacking corps.

That versatility is likely to appeal to Lovie Smith, who has a similarly versatile started in Danny Lansanah. Letting Lansanah and Williams duke it out for the right to start at middle linebacker, with the loser moving to the strong side, would make a lot of sense now that Mason Foster is likely leaving Tampa. Of course, they'd have to sign Williams for that competition to materialize.

Williams is also a really good athlete, although he's a bit undersized at 6'3", 224 lbs. He fits the rest of the Bucs' linebacking corps which is mostly athletic and undersized. Speed is everything in Lovie Smith's defense.

A minor advantage for the Bucs: Williams has a history in the area, as he played his college football at USF and his high school football at Riverview.