Crockett signs; Simms to IR
The Bucs made their next anticipated move this morning, announcing the signing of 34-year-old running back Zack Crockett, a former member of Jon Gruden's Raiders team.
Also, as announced yesterday, the Bucs officially placed Chris Simms on injured reserve.
Crockett, a 13-year veteran, was a former third-round pick of the Colts in 1995 out of Florida State. Last season with the Raiders, he appeared in all 16 games, starting nine, mostly at fullback. He finished the season with 39 carries for 163 yards, 4.2 per carry.
But here's something to keep in mind: We just talked to fullback B.J. Askew, and he seems confident the coaching staff is at least discussing the possibility of using him as a tailback. He once politicked Jets coaches for more carries when he played in New York and did get a handful during a stretch when running back Curtis Martin and others were injured.
We'll follow up on that angle with Jon Gruden later in the day.