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Bucs Use $7.5 million Decoy to Nab Their Quarterback

Published by on April 26, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered the first round of the 2009 draft with the expectations of selecting a quarterback. It was highly unlikely that either Matthew Stafford or Mark Sanchez would fall close enough to their position at 19, so the main focus was on Kansas State’s Josh Freeman.

As their target began to move down the board, sliding towards the possible quarterback nabbing Broncos, the Bucs pounced, trading with the Browns to occupy the 17th spot. But to ensure that there would be no bidding war with anyone also having interest in a trade to obtain their prospect, they signed a $7.5 million decoy to give the impression of a priority change.

Less than two weeks ago, Tampa Bay signed Byron Leftwich to a 2-...

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