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Bucs coach Bruce Arians worried about keeping his defense together

While impending free-agent quarterback Jameis Winston may be making headlines, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is focused on retaining his team’s top defenders. “Oh, yeah. To me, it’s the whole defense,” Arians told ESPN’s Jenna Laine. “You can’t get ’em all, but … those young guys grew. We can’t let that go. I don’t care who’s my quarterback. We’ve gotta have a defense.” Outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett is the most notable defender hitting free agency, and he should be in line for a lucrative payday after compiling an NFL-high 19 1/2 sacks last season. Many of Barrett’s defensive teammates are...

While impending free-agent quarterback Jameis Winston may be making headlines, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is focused on retaining his team’s top defenders. “Oh, yeah. To me, it’s the whole defense,” Arians told ESPN’s Jenna Laine. “You can’t get ’em all, but … those young guys grew. We can’t let that go. I don’t care who’s my quarterback. We’ve gotta have a defense.” Outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett is the most notable defender hitting free agency, and he should be in line for a lucrative payday after compiling an NFL-high 19 1/2 sacks last season. Many of Barrett’s defensive teammates are also set to hit the open market, including defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, defensive end Carl Nassib, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, defensive tackle Beau Allen and defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches. On the offensive side of the ball, it doesn’t sound like Arians is all that concerned about who’s under center. The head coach did admit it’s tough to have any clarity on the quarterback position considering the

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