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Tampa Bay Buccaneers target help at safety

TAMPA — The Bucs continue to look for help at safety, with Eagles free agent Sean Jones scheduled to visit Tampa today.

Jones, 28, played in 15 games with nine starts for the Eagles in 2009. He had 44 tackles and two interceptions, giving him 16 interceptions for his career. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder has started 53 games since entering the NFL with the Browns in 2004.

The Bucs also were hoping to meet today with Browns free-agent safety Brodney Pool, 25. But Pool, whose career was threatened by several head injuries, agreed in principle to a one-year contract with the Jets late Thursday.

Tampa Bay has been trying to set up a visit for Dolphins safety Gibril Wilson, 28.

The Bucs are looking to replace Will Allen, who signed as a free agent this week with the Steelers, and create competition for Sabby Piscitelli.

Around the NFL

Bears: Restricted free-agent safety Josh Bullocks signed his one-year tender offer.

Bengals: Defensive tackle Tank Johnson, who started 13 games last season despite playing with foot pain, signed a four-year deal to stay with the team.

Broncos: Defensive lineman Le Kevin Smith re-signed. Starting inside linebacker Andra Davis, a former Gator, was released.

Browns: Free-agent quarterback Jake Delhomme, 35, released by the Panthers, visited Cleveland, which also hosted tight end Ben Watson and running back Justin Fargas.

Cardinals: Offensive tackle Jeremy Bridges re-signed for three years, and free-agent linebackers Joey Porter and Larry Foote visited. Quarterback Derek Anderson, released by the Browns, is scheduled to visit today.

Eagles: Receiver Chad Hall, who spent the past two years serving as a second lieutenant in the Air Force, signed a three-year contract.

Panthers: Matt Moore, 25, signed his one-year, $3.043 million tender, and the team declared him the starting quarterback going into camp. Moore went 4-1 as a starter with eight touchdown passes, two interceptions and a passer rating of 98.5 after recently released Jake Delhomme was sidelined with a broken finger at the end of last season.

Patriots: Running back Kevin Faulk, 33, re-signed with the team that made him a second-round draft choice in 1999 and is the only team he has played for. Terms were not disclosed. "I might have left and gone, and it might have been successful, but it wouldn't have been the same if I would have been here doing it," he said.

Raiders: Defensive tackle Gerard Warren, a former Gator, was released as the team cut ties with another veteran. Warren hasn't lived up to his billing since being drafted third overall by the Browns in 2001.

Redskins: Owner Dan Snyder says he supports the measured approach to free agency taken by new coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen. When it was pointed out that the Redskins' three low-key free agent signings have differed from his aggressive approach in years past, Snyder said: "It's really not about the past now. It's really about the future."

Vikings: Former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, 30, exited his visit without a deal and was reportedly headed for a meeting with the Jets today.

Bronco death: Suspected gang member Willie Clark, 26, was found guilty of murder in the drive-by shooting of Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams after a New Year's Eve outing three years ago. Clark, who declined to testify, citing threats to himself and his family, faces life in prison at his April 30 sentencing. Jurors deliberated a day and a half before convicting Clark on all 21 counts he faced, including the attempted murders of the 16 others in the limousine in which Williams was riding.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers target help at safety 03/11/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 11, 2010 9:58pm]
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