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Corner weighs heavily on Bucs' minds

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By Dan Parr

The use of the franchise tag will keep one potential target for the Buccaneers (Falcons CB Brent Grimes) from hitting the open market, but sources still expect that signing a starting cornerback will be one of the Bucs' priorities in free agency.

Tampa Bay will have the salary-cap flexibility to outbid teams for a player's services, and GM Mark Dominik already has signaled that the club is prepared to spend.

The team is also still open to re-signing veteran CB Ronde Barber, but the soon-to-be 37-year-old likely would return on only a one-year deal if he decides to continue his career with the Bucs. Dominik and head coach Greg Schiano would like to have a player that they can count on to be a long-term answer at the position in the fold. The starting corner opposite Barber for the past three seasons, Aqib Talib, is going to trial this month for a felony assault charge stemming from a March 2011 incident. He's due in court March 26, but Schiano has indicated that Talib is in the team's plans for 2012.

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