King to work out for Bucs
The Bucs are looking for a quarterback to take the place on the roster of quarterback Chris Simms, who is expected to go on injured reserve after having his spleen removed following Sunday's 26-24 loss to Carolina.
King, who played for the Bucs from 1999-03 received a call from the team's pro personnel department Tuesday morning.
""I'm going in there today,'' King said. ""I guess there will be a number of us working out. This is the perfect opportunity for me. I thought it was going to happen (when I worked out) last year. I've been working out. I played well in the preseason. I'm ready to go.''
King, 29, was released by the Indianapolis Colts on the final roster cutdown, in large part because the team decided to go with just two quarterbacks and he is a vested veteran.
The Bucs also are expected to work out former Steelers veteran Tommy Maddox, Kliff Kingsbury, who was released in Aug. by the Bills, and Drew Henson, who spent two seasons with the Cowboys.
King started five games as a rookie with the Bucs in '99, leading Tampa Bay to the NFC Championship game where they lost to the St. Louis Rams. He went 10-6 as a starter the next season, losing in the wildcard game to the Eagles. But since 2001, King has started just three games, including two for the Arizona Cardinals in 2004.
The Bucs are looking to sign another quarterback to backup new starter Bruce Gradkowski and veteran Tim Rattay. The team also is interested in trading for Raiders quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo.
(Times file photo shows King during Bucs Training Camp in July 2003. Click to enlarge.)