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Ronde Barber Will Earn $3M In 16th Season

The one-year contract that Ronde Barber signed with the Buccaneers to return for a 16th season is worth $3 million, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Barber, who has 43 interceptions and 913 tackles in 15 seasons with Tampa Bay, agreed to return for another campaign earlier in March.

Via NFL.com

Schiano's Message To Blount: Fumble, Get Benched

New Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano is making it clear that he'll bench LeGarrette Blount if he doesn't take care of the football.

"I think LeGarrette has tons of ability," Schiano said of the running back.

"No one who touches the football will get touches if they don't protect the football. That is one of our core covenants -- the ball. It's so important they named the game after it. We make a big deal about it."

Blount rushed for 781 yards and five touchdowns last season, but fumbled five times and lost three of them.

Via Associated Press

Ronde Barber Stays With Tampa Bay

The Buccaneers and cornerback Ronde Barber have agreed to terms on a one-year deal.

Barber is the Buccaneers' career interceptions leader with 43 and has made 199 consecutive starts, the longest active streak among NFL players.

"I'm pleased to announce that I'll be back for my 16th season as a Buccaneer," Barber said in a statement released by the team.

Via ESPN.com

Bucs Sign QB Orlovsky To Back Up Freeman

The Buccaneers on Thursday signed QB Dan Orlovsky to a two-year, $2.5M contract to back up Josh Freeman, the team announced.

Orlovsky led the Colts to their only two victories of 2011 after being elevated to the starting job late in the season.

Via ESPN.com

Buccaneers Add Carl Nicks, Eric Wright

The Buccaneers remain busy this offseason.

After signing Vincent Jackson on Tuesday night, Tampa Bay has also added guard Carl Nicks and cornerback Eric Wright.

Nicks received a five-year, $47.5 million deal, which included $31 million in guaranteed money.

Wright also agreed to a five-year deal, but his is worth less. He'll make $37.5 million over the life of the contract, but just $15.5 million is guaranteed.

Via ESPN.com

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