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Bucs lend quarterback O'Hara, receiver Simmons to WLAF

Two Bucs were contributed to the World League of American Football on Tuesday.

Quarterback Pat O'Hara and wide receiver Stacey Simmons have agreed to contracts with the Orlando Thunder, fulfilling part of the Bucs' commitment to designate several players for the NFL's spring league.

O'Hara, a 10th-round 1991 draft pick from Southern Cal who spent nearly all of his rookie year on the Bucs' practice squad, was left unprotected by the club as a Plan B free agent.

O'Hara is expected to compete with Kerwin Bell, formerly of the University of Florida and the Bucs, for the starting spot at Orlando.

"It was too good of an opportunity for him to pass up," said O'Hara's agent, Steve Feldman. "It gives him a chance to be the starting quarterback and get all the reps. I don't see any down side to it."

Simmons, a former Dunedin High and Florida star, signed with the Bucs as a receiver and kick returner two weeks ago as a free agent. The Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots waived him during preseason last year.

At the conclusion of the WLAF season, both O'Hara and Simmons are expected to rejoin the Bucs for training camp in July.

Three free agents sign up

for shot at '92 Buccaneers

The Bucs signed three free agents Tuesday: running back Hyland Hickson, defensive lineman Curtis Maxey and wide receiver Willie Culpepper.

Hickson, a 10th-round draft pick from Michigan State by the Bucs in 1991, missed nearly all of training camp with a virus and was waived during training camp. He was re-signed as a free agent and spent the final month of the regular season on the Bucs' practice squad.

Maxey, a Cincinnati eighth-round pick out of Grambling in 1988, was on injured reserve until the final three games of his rookie season. He signed as a Plan B free agent in 1989 and also played in three games for the Atlanta Falcons that season.

Culpepper, a speedy receiver from Southwestern Louisiana, played last spring for the New Orleans Nights of the Arena Football League under head coach Ed Khayat, who is now the Bucs' defensive line coach. He finished second in the league in receiving with 60 catches for 772 yards and eight touchdowns.

Cowboys add kicker Daluiso

IRVING, Texas _ The Dallas Cowboys, stung by the departure of unprotected kicker Ken Willis to the Bucs, signed Plan B free agent Brad Daluiso, who handled kickoffs for the AFC champion Buffalo Bills in 1991.

Daluiso's signing is the latest in a web of Plan B deals that began when kicker Steve Christie accepted Buffalo's four-year, $2.3-million offer and left the Bucs.

Daluiso spent the first two weeks of the '91 season with the Atlanta Falcons, where he was 2-of-2 on extra points and 2-of-3 on field goals. He did not attempt a field goal or extra point for the Bills.

Dallas also has signed linebacker Maurice Crum, who spent all of last season on the Bucs' practice squad.

_ Material from the Associated Press was used in this roundup.

Notes: The Bucs say they are considering offering a contract to Pittsburgh Steelers punter Dan Stryzinski, a Plan B free agent. Stryzinski is a client of agent Gil Scott, who also represents unprotected Bucs punter Mark Royals and former Tampa Bay kicker Steve Christie, who bolted to Buffalo. Former Bucs linebacker Maurice Crum, who spent all of last season on the practice squad, has signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

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