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Bucs inquiring about trades, Hayes to start at WLB, Phillips moving back to safety

by Roland Johnson on August 25, 2009

With the suspension of starting FS Tanard Jackson for the Buccaneers first four regular season games looming on the horizon. The team has been working out converted safety turned linebacker Jermaine Phillips back at his natural position of safety the past few weeks.

With the move of Phillips the domino’s are falling, second year linebacker Geno Hayes will now get the start at weakside linebacker vs the Miami Dolphins. This is a move that makes the most since seeing at the Bucs were thin in the secondary and now have been depleted my off the field mishaps by not only Jackson, but also are awaiting word on the punishment that will be handed down for starting CB Aqib Talib.

Head Coach Raheem Morris indicated that he will take the rebuilt Cadillac out for a test drive against the Dolphins as the plan is for Carnell Williams to start the teams third pre-season game.

IN OTHER NEWS;

With a QB surplus, Bucs calling teams about trades. Jason La Confora, of NFL.com is reporting that the Bucs are phoning other teams to gauge interest in a trio of there quarterbacks. Per La Confora the Bucs are shopping veterans Byron Leftwich, Luke McCown and Josh Johnson. According to the unnamed league executive, the Bucs want someone else to make the decision for the as to who will be the starting quarterback.

It would seem likely that the powers that be really don’t have a clear cut favorite, under center and are OK with either Leftwich or McCown under center to start the season until rookie Josh Freeman is ready.

While not sure, if the Bucs are looking for a pick or a player, the guess here is that they are looking for a player to add too the depleted secondary.

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