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Packers DT in talks with Bucs



We've learned Packers free agent DT Colin Cole is in talks with the Bucs and is nearing a decision on his future.

Cole, a 6-1, 330-pound run-stuffer, is exactly the sort of lineman defensive coordinator Jim Bates appears to be seeking in the Bucs' revised defensive scheme. The Bucs' attraction to the Fort Lauderdale native is being fueled in part by recently-hired defensive line coach Robert Nunn, who was the Packers' defensive tackles coach the past three seasons.

Cole played a reserve role for Green Bay behind starters Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly, but he was a key part of the line rotation. Bates has said he intends to use a big rotation of interior linemen.

It's possible Cole could land on a roster by the end of the weekend, and signs are pointing to the Bucs being the leader to acquire him.

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


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