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Bucs get ex-Colt lineman

Indianapolis Colts tackle Jason Mathews, an unrestricted free agent, agreed to terms with the Bucs Friday.

Mathews, 27, spent four years with the Colts, starting 31 of 32 games in 1995 and 1996. Capable of playing on both the left and right side, Mathews was a reserve for the team in 1997.

A third-round draft choice by Indianapolis in 1994, the 6-foot-4, 304-pound Mathews had a standout career at Texas A&M, starting 21 of 22 regular-season games for the Aggies.

Mathews is expected to add depth to the tackle position that features veteran starters Paul Gruber and Jason Odom and second-year backup Jerry Wunsch.

VIKINGS: First-round draft pick Randy Moss wore a knee-high cast and a walking boot to his first workout with the team, the result of an ankle injury in a pickup basketball game back home in West Virginia on Wednesday.

That made him a reluctant spectator for this weekend's minicamp, and left the Vikings to wait until at least June's developmental camp for the first glimpse of the 6-foot-5 receiver.

"Very frustrating," was how Moss described the first official day wearing his No. 18 uniform. "I'm out here on 1{ legs and I've been standing all day, so my legs are tired, my hips are tired, my feet are swollen "

Moss is expected to stay in the cast for about another 10 days, and the Vikings hope he will be close to 100 percent by next month.

BRONCOS: Former San Diego Chargers center Courtney Hall was one of several free agents signed by the team. Hall, voted as an alternate on the AFC Pro Bowl squad four times, spent eight seasons with the Chargers (1989-96). He did not play in the NFL in 1997. The Broncos also announced the signings of TE Jeremy Burkett, DE Cyron Brown, DB Tori Noel and P/K Mike Panasuk.

OBIT: Charlie Cowan, an offensive lineman for the Los Angeles Rams for 15 years, died Wednesday of complications from kidney failure in Whittier, Calif. He was 59. Cowan played for the Rams from 1961-75 and played in four Pro Bowl games.

_ ERNEST HOOPER, TIMES WIRES

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