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A-Train nears return



   The A-Train could soon be on schedule to return to the Bucs.

   Fullback Mike Alstott has informed the team of his desire to play in 2007. General manager Bruce Allen met with Alstott's agent, Ben Dogra, on Wednesday and discussions were said to be moving in a positive direction.

   Another meeting between Allen and Alstott's representatives will occur in the next day or two at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

   Alstott is scheduled to become a free agent March 2. But he has said he has no desire to leave Tampa Bay to resume his career.

   The 11-year pro is believed to be seeking another 1-year deal at would pay him close to the $1.5-million he earned in 2006.

   Alstott's role has been decreased over the past two seasons. Last year, he rushed 60 times for 171 yards (2.9 average). Excluding the 2003 when he had a season-ending neck injury, it marked the second-fewest rushing attempts of his career.

   He had just 34 rushes in 2005 but scored six touchdowns.

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   FLIPPING OUT: The Bucs and Browns will have a coin toss Friday at 7:45 a.m. to determine which team will own the No. 3 overall pick. The loser will select fourth overall.

    The Bucs and Browns finished with 4-12 records and the same strength of schedule, necessitating a coin flip to break the deadlock.


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:43pm]


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