Comella's visit will cause quite a stir given the fact that the Bucs already have two fullbacks on their roster -- Jameel Cook and Mike Alstott, who has been the subject of an increasing amount of trade rumors.
The fact that Comella is visiting Tampa Bay does not bode well for Alstott, who is supposed to receive a $2 million bonus on April 15 if he is still on the roster. Alstott also has a base salary of $2 million in 2002.
Because the Bucs gave up their first- and second-round picks in this year's draft in a trade to obtain head coach Jon Gruden from Oakland, the Bucs are shopping Alstott in an attempt to reclaim a high draft pick. Tampa Bay used a second-round pick to acquire Alstott in 1996.
Gruden has not spoken too highly of Alstott since his arrival in Tampa Bay over a month ago, primarily because he is not sure if the A-Train fits into his offense. Alstott doesn't have the speed that Gruden covets in his running backs and isn't a dominating blocking fullback.
Comella (6-foot-1, 248) is a fifth-year pro out of Stanford and has been the lead blocker for RBs Tiki Barber and Ron Dayne over the past two seasons. Comella has seen action in 64 games with the Giants, including 28 starts. Twenty-five of those starts have come in the past two seasons.
Comella is known for his blocking, and doesn't have Alstott's rushing ability. He only has 16 carries for 66 yards (4.1 avg.) in his four-year NFL career. Comella does have good hands and has logged 84 career catches for 569 yards (6.8 avg.) and one touchdown.
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