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Bucs Free Agent Focus Part 1

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For the next several days, Scout.com and Bucsblitz.com experts will debate free agent issues surrounding the Buccaneers. Today, Adam Caplan and Matthew Postins discuss the team's hottest commodity, LB Barrett Ruud, and whether he'll be able to tackle free agency. Plus, find out why the Bucs blew the chance to build their defense around Ruud.

First, let's start with the Bucs' hottest free agent player, LB Barrett Ruud. We know he could be a restricted free agent, if the CBA isn't taken care of by March. What's your take? Will there be an agreement in time for Ruud and the rest of the fifth-year players to be an unfettered free agent? Adam Caplan, Scout.com: I don't anticipate a deal getting done by 3/5, so Ruud will be a RFA. The...

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