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Tampa Bay Buccaneers trying to bring in safety help

TAMPA — One day after losing free agent Will Allen to the Steelers, the Bucs were busy Tuesday trying to land a safety.

The Bucs are attempting to arrange a visit with Browns safety Brodney Pool and Dolphins safety Gibril Wilson.

Pool, who left St. Louis without a contract Monday, was scheduled to visit the Jets today. The Bucs hope Pool visits Tampa Bay this week, said his agent, Ben Dogra.

"It is tentative, but yes," Dogra said of the Bucs' plans to bring in Pool, who has a history of concussions with the Browns.

Wilson will look to join his fourth team in as many years. He finished second on the Dolphins in tackles (91) after signing a five-year, $27.5 million contract Feb. 26, 2009. But he struggled in pass coverage while playing with two rookie cornerbacks. Only five safeties played more snaps than he did in 2009 without an interception.

The Bucs were disappointed in the play of safety Sabby Piscitelli last season, who had two interceptions and three passes defensed despite playing in all 16 games.

If Pool or Wilson sign with the Bucs, it won't prevent them from using the No. 3 overall pick on Tennessee safety Eric Berry.

Chiefs sign RB Jones

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thomas Jones has found a new home.

The Chiefs signed the free agent running back, who led the Jets to the AFC Championship Game last season and was the league's third-leading rusher.

Several media outlets reported Jones, 31, signed a two-year, $5 million deal. He was cut loose by the Jets on Friday after he refused to restructure his contract.

Jones, who had career highs of 1,402 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, is expected to form a tandem with Jamaal Charles.

Courts: Vikings All-Pro defensive tackle Kevin Williams testified in Minneapolis that he was under pressure to lose weight and earn a $400,000 bonus when he took a weight-loss supplement two years ago — a supplement he didn't know contained a substance banned by the NFL. The testimony was the first from a player in the trial deciding whether the league's use of its antidoping policy broke Minnesota labor law. Williams said he learned about the StarCaps supplement from a teammate. Williams and teammate Pat Williams sued the league over its antidoping policy, which resulted in positive tests for both of them during training camp in 2008. Both players tested positive for bumetanide, which can mask steroids, though neither player is accused of taking steroids. The Williamses, who are not related, are suing the NFL for unspecified damages and attorneys' fees. … Attorneys finished closing arguments in the trial of Willie Clark, the man charged with first-degree murder in the death of Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams on New Year's Day 2007. Jurors had not begun deliberating.

Making visits: Receiver Terrell Owens was in Cincinnati to see if the Bengals are interested in adding him to their stalled-out passing game. Receiver Chad Ochocinco has been lobbying for the Bengals to sign Owens, who was to meet with team officials. … Running back LaDainian Tomlinson, released last week by the Chargers, is scheduled to visit the Vikings on Thursday.

Browns: Quarterback Derek Anderson's uneven five-year stint is over. The one-time Pro Bowl player was released a day after the team acquired Seneca Wallace in a trade with the Seahawks.

Giants: After six years backing up Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, Jim Sorgi gets a chance to do the same for Peyton's brother Eli. Sorgi agreed to a one-year deal and will compete with second-year pro Rhett Bomar for the backup job.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Fast facts

Transactions

Bears: Released RB Kevin Jones

Broncos: Signed free agents DE Jarvis Green (terms not disclosed), NT Jamal Williams (three years, financial terms not disclosed)

Browns: Released QB Derek Anderson

Chiefs: Signed free agent RB Thomas Jones (two years, $5 million)

Dolphins: Re-signed NT Jason Ferguson (terms not disclosed)

Eagles: Exercised option on QB Michael Vick for 2010

Giants: Signed free agent QB Jim Sorgi (one year, financial terms not disclosed)

Packers: Re-signed S Nick Collins (one year, $3.3 million); signed free agent WR Charles Dillon (terms not disclosed)

Patriots: Re-signed OL Stephen Neal (terms not disclosed), CB Leigh Bodden (four years, $22 million)

Saints: Re-signed CB Leigh Torrence (one year, financial terms not disclosed)

Steelers: Re-signed S Ryan Clark (four years, $14 million); signed free agents WR Antwaan Randle El (three years, financial terms not disclosed), OT Jonathan Scott (terms not disclosed), S Will Allen (three years, $4.4 million), WR Arnaz Battle (three years, $3.9 million)

Titans: Signed free agent LB Will Witherspoon (three years, $11 million)

Vikings: Re-signed CB Benny Sapp (terms not disclosed); signed free agent kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd (two years, financial terms not disclosed)

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