Draft's Visit Still On
Carolina free agent linebacker Chris Draft didn't exactly blow off the Bucs on Monday. His scheduled visit to Tampa Bay was simply pushed back a few days at the request of the team, according to his agent. Draft should be in Tampa on Thursday to meet with team officials. This will be Draft's second official visit after stopping in New Orleans last week.
The Bucs' interest in Draft could be an indication of the team's concern for the future of linebacker Shelton Quarles. Draft is primarily a middle linebacker, the same position as Quarles. With 2005 second-round pick Barrett Ruud installed as the heir apparent to Quarles, it wouldn't seem necessary to acquire another middle linebacker if Quarles was expected back.
That's just speculation at this point, but considering Quarles' admission that retirement is on the table as an option because of his health problems (including a series of concussions he admits to), it's not a far-fetched theory.