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Free agency update: Crowell, Weaver in play



Things have slowed across the NFL as free agency fades to the background and draft evaluation takes precedence. But the Bucs still have a few loose ends to deal with.

We've learned they're still in talks with free agent OLB Angelo Crowell, who on Monday visited with his original team, the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo was thought to be moving on from Crowell after he surprised the club and opted to have knee surgery last season, resulting in the team's decision to place him on injured reserve.

But the Bills appear interested in bringing him back, especially given the fact they have yet to replace their three-year starter at strong-side linebacker. But since the Bucs remain interested, too, Buffalo appears to have some competition.

The fate of Crowell likely will impact former Bucs LB Cato June, who told the Times last week his chances of landing in Buffalo would be largely dependent on their decision on Crowell. June visited with the Bills two weeks ago and would fit with their Tampa 2 style scheme.

Elsewhere, the Bucs are talking to Seattle free agent FB Leonard Weaver, who has narrowed his list of teams and will be making a decision very soon. The Bucs are on that list and are quite interested in Weaver, but this decision is likely to be a financial one. There's no word yet on what his asking price is or what the Bucs are willing to offer.

You might be wondering why the Bucs would have an interest in Weaver considering B.J. Askew and Byron Storer are already on the roster. It's because Weaver is far more than a run-of-the-mill fullback. Consider his 2008 numbers: 130 yards rushing on 30 carries (4.3 average) and 20 receptions for 222 yards (11.1 average). Those are very impressive per-attempt stats for the position, and Weaver is a guy who has shown himself to be versatile and a player who gives defensive coordinators reason to pause. Adding Weaver would give offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski some very appealing options in a variety of situations.

We should know soon whether Weaver will land here or elsewhere.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:28pm]


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