Bucs Rumor Mill: Saturday edition

The rumors are flying fast and so are the potential player meetings for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bucsblitz.com is combing the Internet and talking to agents to get you the inside scoop on who's coming and how might come. Bucsblitz.com has updates on Bernard Berrian, Chad Johnson, D.J. Hackett, John Gilmore, Bryant Johnson and Devery Henderson.

Updated 9:25 p.m. Saturday



Bernard Berrian: The Minnesota Vikings appear to have won the Berrian derby, reportedly signing the receiver to a six-year deal. With his signing, and the signing of Donte Stallworth with the Browns, D.J. Hackett will now be the most sought-after receiver on the market.

D.J. Hackett: Scout.com's Adam Caplan informed me on Saturday morning that the Bucs and the Redskins are still interested in Hackett's services and could set up meetings next week with the Seahawks receiver. But nothing has been reported yet.

Chad Johnson: The vocal wide receiver is reportedly the subject of trade rumors again, with the potential suitors being the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The report is coming out of the NFL Network. This is not the first time the Bucs and Johnson have been linked, but with the market on wide receivers stagnant at the moment, the Bucs might see an opportunity to make a play for Johnson, who would immediately upgrade the receiving corps and perhaps end speculation of any other free-agent signings at wide receiver.

Teddy Lehman: NFL Network is reporting that the Bucs have scheduled a meeting with the Lions free agent for Monday. Lehman could be seen as a valuable backup at the position and just finished his second season playing in the Lions' Cover 2 scheme. Nate Camanita of Roarreport.com told me Saturday that the Lions don't have much interest in brining him back.

Jimmy Wilkerson: Wilkerson and the Bucs have agreed to a two-year contract, confirmed by Wilkerson's agent. Terms have not been revealed yet. He represents the Bucs' second free-agent signing.

The Bucs were in need of defensive ends after releasing Kevin Carter and Greg Spires.

Drayton Florence: Florence has reportedly signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to the Florida Times-Union. That takes Florence off the market and significantly diminishes the Bucs' prospects of adding a top-tier corner in free agency. Scout.com's top four free agent corners are either signed, franchised or restricted free agents. The fifth, Dallas' Jacques Reeves, has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Houston Texans. The Bucs may be pinning their hopes on signing Randall Gay, who is set to meet with the Bucs on Monday — if he can get out of New Orleans on Saturday.

Lance Briggs: ESPN's John Clayton reported on Friday that the free-agent linebacker and the Buccaneers have a meeting set up, but didn't say when or where. Briggs has not been busy on the first day of free agency, as many of the other free-agent linebackers created more buzz than Briggs. It's hard to determine what the Buccaneers would do if they were to sign Briggs.

Bryant Johnson: The former Cardinals WR is reportedly meeting with Buffalo today. There is no scheduled meeting with Tampa Bay, though Scout.com's Adam Caplan said before free agency began that he expected the Bucs to be a suitor. As long as Bernard Berrian goes unsigned, the Bucs are a potential player for Johnson's services, as most are expecting the rest of the receivers to set the market. Johnson is considered a good fit for the Bucs' West Coast offense.

Ben Troupe: Scout.com NFL Writer Adam Caplan confirmed Friday that the Tennessee tight end is supposed to meet with the Bucs by Saturday. This is an interesting development, given that Chicago TE John Gilmore just signed with the Bucs. The Nashville City Paper reported that the Bills and three other teams are also interested in Troupe, who caught 55 passes in 2005.

Javon Walker: The Broncos have released the wide receiver, along with LB Ian Gold. Our Scout.com NFL writer, Adam Caplan, told me that he expects the Bucs to show some interest now that Walker is a free agent.

Randall Gay: Bucsblitz.com has confirmed that the New England cornerback will visit the Buccaneers on Monday. His agent, Albert G. Elias, confirmed the meeting. Now that Asante Samuel is off the market, it will be a free-for-all for the Bucs to fill their need at that position. Gay is in New Orleans on Saturday, so it will be interesting to see if the Saints allow Gay to get out of town without signing a deal.

Asante Samuel: Samuel signed a five-year, $57 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday.

Shaun Rogers: There was some craziness surrounding this trade for Rogers, which was originally with Cincinnati for two draft picks. The deal was actually rescinded. Both of our Scout.com experts — Nate Camanita in Detroit and Barry McBride in Cleveland — are now reporting that the Lions will send Rogers to CLEVELAND for CB Leigh Bodden and a third-round pick. What the heck?

Jeff Faine: The deal is done — six years, $37.5 million, with $15 million guaranteed.

Aaron Stecker: The former Bucs running back is on the team's radar, but his agent, Ronald Slavin, said the contact has only been a phone call so far. No meeting is set.

Devery Henderson: The Saints wide receiver, according to Scout.com's Adam Caplan, re-signed with the Saints on Saturday. It is believed to be a one-year, $2 million deal.

John Gilmore: Gilmore signed his deal with the Buccaneers on Saturday. Terms were not disclosed.

Alge Crumpler : The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that a deal between the Seahawks and Crumpler is premature, as Crumpler's agent, James D. Williams told the P-I that there's one more meeting for Crumpler before he makes a decision. That meeting could be in Buffalo.

Jovan Haye : Haye reportedly received a first-round tender offer from the Buccaneers. A check of the restricted free agent tenders reveals that Haye may be in line for $2 million in 2008 if he signs with the Bucs. That's the amount the Bucs would pay him if he accepted the tender. That also means that a team would have to sign Haye to a salary higher than the tender and offer up a first-round pick to the Bucs. That's unlikely, but Haye is free to negotiate until April 18.

Andrew Economos: TBO.com reported that the Bucs have offered the long snapper a one-year tender and that Economos will likely sign the deal. The Buccaneers have not officially announced the deal.

Demorrio Williams : Scout.com's Adam Caplan confirmed early Friday morning that Williams is expected to visit the Buccaneers on Monday. However, warpaintillustrated.com's Nick Athan informed me early Saturday that there are reports that Williams and the Chiefs are negotiating a contract.

Niko Koutouvides: Koutouvides' agent confirmed his client's meeting with the Bucs on Friday and his meeting Saturday with Denver to Bucsblitz.com. There is no word on which direction he will go.

Jacques Reeves: The Bucs reportedly contacted the cornerback on Friday morning, but there is no word of a meeting. The Dallas Morning News reported that four different teams already have set up meetings with Reeves, but none are the Bucs.

Mewelde Moore: The Bucs are reportedly seeking a meeting with the running back. They entertained trading for Moore last year when Carnell Williams was injured in October.

Marques Douglas: The Bucs are reportedly trying to set up a meeting with the defensive end.


Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. An award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers Association, he appears frequently on Scot Brantley Show from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1470-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.


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