Dare We Say... Slow Day
This might have been the first normal day in a week on the Bucs beat. The lone press release from the team today dealt with the upcoming cheerleader tryouts (for all you voyeristic guys, they'll be held on March 31).
But there is always plenty happening behind the scenes. Bucs free agent offensive lineman Sean Mahan isn't out of the picture even though he was scheduled to arrive in Pittsburgh tonight to visit with the Steelers, the third team other than the Bucs to make a run at him (Seattle and Cleveland are the others). The Bucs continue to negotiate with Mahan but nothing seems imminent at the moment.
Elsewhere, the Bucs were expecting a visit from Colts safety Mike Doss Thursday, and their interest in him might grow now that Cincinnati free agent safety Kevin Kaesviharn moved closer to signing with New Orleans. The Bucs also were interested in Kaesviharn.
Another name on the Bucs' radar surfaced Thursday: Carolina free agent linebacker Chris Draft, who is planning to visit Tampa Bay in the coming days. Draft stepped in as starting middle linebacker for the Panthers last season. The interest in Draft would seem to be the clearest sign yet that the Bucs have doubts about the ability of Shelton Quarles to continue playing. Quarles said last week his career is in jeopardy because of medical issues, admitting to a string of concussions.