Bucs interested in veteran Godfrey

Veteran linebacker Randall Godfrey is said to be weighing an offer from Tampa Bay and Atlanta after the San Diego Chargers took back their contract offer.

Denis Savage of Scout.com is reporting Monday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of two teams vying for the services of veteran linebacker Randall Godfrey.

Godfrey, a 12-year veteran who has played for Dallas, St. Louis, Seattle and San Diego, is on the market after the Chargers rescinded their one-year offer on Sunday, according to Savage.

Atlanta — Tampa Bay's NFC South rival — is the other team in the running. It is believed Godfrey's agent has offers from both teams.

Savage reported that a source close to the linebacker said he's "50-50" on returning to the NFL.

Atlanta may be the favorite. In November, 2005, Godfrey's sister, Deidra, was fatally shot in Valdosta, Ga. He has been a constant presence in the life of his nephew, Jakari, since. He also played college football at the University of Georgia and has strong family ties in the area.

The Buccaneers do not typically indicate their interest in a player publicly until they are under contract.

Godfrey, 6-4, 245 pounds, is considered a quick linebacker that would fit well into the Tampa 2 mold. With the release of Shelton Quarles last week, Godfrey could be a candidate at middle linebacker, where Barrett Ruud is now considered the starter.

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