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Is Sean Smith the Bucs Top Free Agent Target?

By: Justin Pawlowski
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We are two weeks away from free agency beginning in the NFL on March 12.

After being the most active team in free agency in 2012, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have ample cap space to be extremely active again in 2013.

While DE Michael Bennett might be a priority for the Bucs to resign, Greg Schiano knows that his pass defense must be improved.

“We have several areas of need,” Bucs coach Greg Schiano said on the NFL Network Monday morning. “One thing that is glaring is that we need to be better in our pass defense, whether that’ secondary or pass rush, that’s an area we need to get better”

A quick glance at the potential available players will show that there could be numerous cornerbacks this off-season.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that the Bucs are one of a few teams placing a high value on Dolphins CB Sean Smith.

“Maybe the most coveted, at this point, is Sean Smith of the Miami Dolphins. The 6-foot-3 former second-round pick is valued by cornerback needy teams, a list that includes the Eagles, the San Francisco 49ers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Detroit Lions.”

At 6’3”, Smith would be able to match up with big receivers in the NFC South like Marques Colston and Julio Jones.  Smith also has experience in man coverage, which would allow Greg Schiano to put him on an island and focus on stopping an opposing team’s run game.

“We had some 4th quarter leads we let slip away,” Schiano said on NFL Network. “A lot of times, finishing off games is being able to cover and generating a pass rush.”

Perhaps, with Sean Smith, the Bucs pass defense could be much improved.

For updates on the Buccaneers off-season moves in free agency and the NFL Draft, be sure to follow Justin Pawlowski and 98.7 The Fan on twitter.

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