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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Bucs looking at Mike Tolbert, David Carr

13

March

With the Bucs already working feverishly to land free agents Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks, Tampa Bay isn't necessarily stopping there.

The Bucs have already been in contact with Chargers free-agent running back Mike Tolbert, a sparkplug who combined with Ryan Mathews for a potent 1-2 punch in the San Diego backfield.

Tolbert, 26, has averaged 4.1 yards per carry in his career, and has 19 rushing touchdowns in the past two seasons. According to his agent, a number of teams have inquired about Tolbert's services. But Tolbert is a good fit for Tampa Bay given the fact that his strengths are in short-yardage situations and in playing in passing situations, two areas the Bucs' LeGarrette Blount often struggles.

The Bucs also are considering adding quarterback David Carr, a former No. 1 overall draft choice who was Eli Manning's backup with the Giants in 2011. Carr, according to his agent, has also fielded calls from other clubs, but coming to Tampa Bay would reunite him with former Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan, now the Bucs' offensive coordinator.

The Bucs are bracing for the possibility of losing backup Josh Johnson, who would like to find a situation in which he can compete for a starting job.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 7:19pm]

    

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