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Kevin Carter update; Samuel to Philly



Kevin Carter is still a free agent after being released by the Bucs on Wednesday and the next 24 hours are likely to determine whether or not he rejoins the team.

Carter is scheduled to meet with the Bucs on Friday as the sides try to come to terms on a renegotiated contract. There's optimism that a deal can be struck, but keep in mind that Carter is likely to generate some interest on the market given his track record of production and his ability to stay healthy even at 34.

Remaining in Tampa is believed to be Carter's preferred option, but we'll see what Friday brings.

In other news, keep an eye on Seattle free agent receiver D.J. Hackett, whom the Bucs have an interest in. He's sort of been labeled as an injury risk, but still figures to be one of the more attractive receivers on the market. But the Bucs will have competition. The Titans are likely to be in the mix, along with at least one other serious suitor and probably more. And it remains possible the Seahawks will make a last push to re-sign him though they have significant money tied up in Deion Branch and Nate Burelson.

Lastly, for those of you still wondering about Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel, I have it on good authority that he is bound for Philadelphia. Anything can happen because nothing's official yet, but that's the version that has been making the rounds among insiders since Wednesday evening.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:57pm]


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