Wednesday Free Agency Update

Warren Sapp has been offered a deal by the Bengals. Dilger gets a one year deal. Bucs sign QB Jason Garrett, CB Tom Knight and T Todd Steussie. Joey Galloway deal is moving in the right direction.

Bucsinsiders has learned that Ken Dilger has agreed to a one year deal with the Bucs. He will return for next season.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have signed T Todd Steussie. Terms were not disclosed. Steussie, a 10-year veteran, has played and started in 173 career games, including the postseason, as a member of the Minnesota Vikings (1994-2000) and the Carolina Panthers (2001-2003). A two-time Pro Bowl selection in 1997 and 1998, Steussie has missed just one game since entering the NFL in 1994. In fact, the lone professional contest Steussie has missed occurred against the Buccaneers on November 1, 1998. "Todd is a reliable, veteran performer," head coach Jon Gruden said. "He further adds a lot of positive traits to our offensive line." In 2003, Steussie played an integral role as the Panthers finished with an 11-5 regular season record, won the NFC South title and defeated the Philadelphia Eagles en route to capturing the NFC Championship. Steussie has played and started in 13 postseason games, including at left tackle in Super Bowl XXXVIII against the New England. He also paved the way for RB Stephen Davis to finish third in the NFC with 1,444 rushing yards last season. The former first round pick of the Vikings (19th overall) in 1994, Steussie's outstanding run blocking helped RB Robert Smith post four consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons from 1997-2000. Steussie will be reunited with Buccaneers quarterback Brad Johnson, whom he blocked for while with the Vikings from 1994-98. Steussie was awarded the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10's premier offensive lineman at the University of California in 1993. Following his senior season, he was coached by current Buccaneer offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Muir in the East-West Shrine Game. He was also recruited and coached by current Buccaneer assistant head coach/defensive line coach Rod Marinelli as a freshman defensive lineman with the Golden Bears.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also announced that they have signed QB Jason Garrett and CB Tom Knight. Terms were not disclosed. Garrett, a veteran of 11 NFL seasons, has played in 40 career games with nine starts as a member of the Dallas Cowboys (1993-99) and the New York Giants (2000-02). He has also seen action in two playoff games (both as a reserve). As a starting quarterback in the NFL, Garrett owns a 6-3 record. In 1998, Garrett played in eight games with five starts for the Cowboys, completing 91-of-158 pass attempts (57.6%) for 1,206 yards and five touchdowns. Prior to joining the Cowboys active roster, Garrett signed as an undrafted free agent with the New Orleans Saints in 1989. He spent a year on the Saints' developmental squad before playing two seasons with the San Antonio Riders of the World League in 1991-92. Knight, the ninth overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals, has played in 73 games with 54 starts. He played his first five seasons with the Cardinals (1997-2001) before joining the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent in December of 2002. Knight also attended training camp with the New England Patriots prior to the 2002 season. In 2003, Knight played in 10 games with one start and totaled 18 tackles, 0.5 sacks, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. He also played in the Ravens' Wild Card playoff game against the Tennessee Titans.

SportsIllustrated.com reported Tuesday night that the Bengals had offered Sapp, a 31-year-old free agent from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a four-year contract worth an average of $4 million a season. To make room for Sapp, it is likely the Bengals would have to either restructure at least one player's contract or release players by trade or outright release.

Galloway's visited the Buccaneers after negaotiations turned for the better last weekend. AgentLeigh Steinberg and the Bucs continued to work on a deal. "It was a good visit and there has been some progress in the negotiations," Steinberg said. "We'll see what happens. They made an improved offer today. I don't know what will happen right now, but Joey has some thinking to do."


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