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NFC: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Impact moves: Bucs ownership finally released its death grip on the purse strings and spent heavily on three coveted free agents – wide receiver Vincent Jackson, guard Carl Nicks and cornerback Eric Wright. Cornerback Ronde Barber was re-signed for his 16th season with the franchise. Newcomer Amobi Okoye (Chicago) will be a nice addition to the defensive line rotation.

Significant losses: None except for projected starting safety Tanard Jackson, who was cut last week. The reason was officially listed as a failed physical, but the reality is that the new Bucs coaching staff wanted to sever ties with a player who carried heavy off-field baggage.

Top draft needs: Running back and cornerback, which makes what the Bucs will do with the No. 5 overall pick so intriguing. Alabama running back Trent Richardson and Louisiana State cornerback Morris Claiborne are both worthy candidates. The Bucs also can use help at safety and linebacker.

Analysis: First-year head coach Greg Schiano has a legitimate chance of getting a young Bucs roster back on track after last season’s major regression. That starts with fixing fourth-year quarterback Josh Freeman, who threw 22 interceptions last year compared to just six in 2010.

Grade: B+
- Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Margaret Bowles)

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