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Pro Bowl tackle considering Bucs

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Anderson UPDATE, 8:35 a.m.: Here's the latest on the Willie Anderson story, based on a conversation this morning with his agent, Terry Bolar.

The Pro Bowl tackle is expected to visit the Bucs today, but there may be some last-minute conversations before the player makes a final decision to follow through on those plans. Anderson and his agent want to be certain the Bucs' financial terms are competitive and that the opportunity exists for him to compete for significant playing time.

As it stands, the Ravens likely would provide the best opportunity for playing time. In Tampa, Jeremy Trueblood has been anointed the Bucs' long-term solution at right tackle, the same position Anderson plays.

"We're trying to find an opportunity where he can have an opportunity to start," Bolar said.

Still, the Bucs have been talking to Anderson since his release on Saturday and have shown significant interest, so there's still a chance.

Regarding Anderson's health, Bolar emphasized that his client has no physical problems at the moment. He pointed out that he passed a rigorous physical with the Ravens earlier this week.

1:02 a.m.: Pro Bowl OT Willie Anderson is considering the Bucs as a destination as the team continues to search for depth on its offensive line.

Anderson, 33, was released by the Bengals on Saturday after losing his starting job to Stacy Andrews and declining to take a pay reduction to stay with Cincinnati. He was limited to seven games last season by injuries, but went to four consecutive Pro Bowls in the previous seasons.

The free agent, according to NFL.com, has had dialogue with the Bucs, Ravens and Chargers. He is known to have visited the Ravens and passed a physical.

The Bucs' level of interest remains unclear.

(Pictured - Willie Anderson. Getty Images. Click to enlarge.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:09pm]

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