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Safety situation has Bucs looking for help in draft

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By Dan Parr

Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik is looking for a pass rusher and more pieces to complement QB Josh Freeman on offense in this year's draft, but we hear he will be targeting a safety, too.

Tanard Jackson, who was the team's best safety before falling on hard times, is serving an indefinite suspension after failing a second drug test and he's in the final year of his contract. There are trust issues with him. The Bucs like second-year veterans Cody Grimm and Larry Asante, but they still have much to prove. Sean Jones likely will return as the starting strong safety. He has one year left on his deal and we're told Tampa Bay would like to bring in a rookie to push him for playing time.

The strong safety needs to be able to fill vs. the run and the free safety has to be a great athlete that can cover a lot of ground in head coach Raheem Morris' defensive scheme. We're told the Bucs are not convinced they have long-term starters on the roster at either of the safety positions.

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