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Tampa Bay Buccaneers may re-hire former linebackers coach Barry

TAMPA — The Bucs' new linebackers coach could be their old linebackers coach.

Fired Lions defensive coordinator Joe Barry has interviewed for the position he held in Tampa Bay from 2001-06.

Whether Barry rejoins the Bucs depends on the future of linebackers coach Gus Bradley, who interviewed Tuesday in Seattle for Seahawks defensive coordinator.

Trying to sort all this out was new Bucs defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, who spent Monday in Denver interviewing for the head-coaching job.

"It went well," Morris said. "I'm really excited and grateful (for the opportunity)."

Morris, 32, said the Bucs are set to rehire Barry if Bradley joins the Seahawks. Bradley's contract is set to expire next month.

"To have an opportunity to come back here would be unbelievable," Barry said. "This is a place I used to call mecca. It was a special time and we did a lot of great things. If an opportunity came about where I could come back, I'd cherish it."

While awaiting word from the Broncos, Morris may have another opportunity. The Rams asked for and were granted permission to interview Morris for their head-coaching job, according to NFL.com.

But Morris said Tuesday night he was unaware of the Rams' possible interest.

BREES HONORED: Saints quarterback Drew Brees won the Associated Press 2008 NFL offensive player of the year award. Brees threw for 5,069 yards, 15 fewer than Dan Marino's 1984 record.

HALL NOMINEES: First-time candidates DT John Randle, TE Shannon Sharpe, DE Bruce Smith and DB Rod Woodson are among 17 finalists for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Voting will be Jan. 31 in Tampa. Also nominated are WR Cris Carter, C Dermontti Dawson, DE Richard Dent, G Russ Grimm, WR Bob Hayes, DE Claude Humphrey, DT Cortez Kennedy, G Bob Kuechenberg, G Randall McDaniel, WR Andre Reed, LB Derrick Thomas, former commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Bills founder Ralph Wilson.

HARRISON CASE: A gun owned by Colts WR Marvin Harrison was used in an April shooting, but investigators can't determine who pulled the trigger, Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham said.

COLUMNIST GONE: Detroit News sports columnist Rob Parker resigned two weeks after he was criticized for asking then-Lions coach Rod Marinelli if he had wished his daughter had married a better defensive coordinator, referring to Joe Barry.

BRONCOS: Denver offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett met with owner Pat Bowlen about the head-coaching position.

JETS: Owner Woody Johnson met with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski about the coaching vacancy.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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