Bucs News And Notes

April 12 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl fullback Mike Alstott agreed to push his $2 million roster bonus due date back to April 23 on Friday. By delaying the bonus, which was originally due to Alstott on April 15, Alstott's agent, Bob Dogra, and the Buccaneers have more time to renegotiate his contract. In others news, Bucs free agent P Mark Royals signed with the Miami Dolphins.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and fullback Mike Alstott's agent, Bob Dogra, are both interested in keeping the A-Train in Tampa, but on Friday, both sides agreed to delay a $2 million roster bonus due to Alstott until April 23. The bonus was originally due on April 15.

Although the roster bonus was pushed back, the two sides were reportedly making progress in their efforts to renegotiate Alstott's contract in order to lower his cap value, which is approximately $4.5 million this year.

If the Bucs and Alstott's agent cannot agree on a contract by April 23, the A-Train will likely be released or traded.

In other news, Bucs free agent punter Mark Royals signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins on Friday. Royals spent the last three seasons with the Pewter Pirates, but Tampa Bay released him in March in order to get under the league's mandated salary cap.

Tampa Bay currently has punter Tim Morgan under contract, but they still remain interested in Vikings free agent P/K Mitch Berger, who already visited One Buccaneer Place a few weeks ago. The Buccaneers might also take a look at Dolphins free agent P Matt Turk, who Miami will probably not re-sign.

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