Buccaneers take shot at Pats' Wilson

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep swinging and missing for cornerback help, so perhaps New England safety Eugene Wilson is the answer. The Bucs and Wilson met in Tampa on Sunday, perhaps the first stop for a player that is suddenly sought after.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers met with New England safety Eugene Wilson on Sunday, perhaps in an effort to shore up their secondary issues.

The Bucs have already lost out on several of the free-agent market's key cornerbacks, including fellow Patriots corner Randall Gay, who eschewed a meeting with the Bucs on Monday to sign a lucrative four-year deal with NFC South rival New Orleans.

Wilson might seem a curious choice until one realizes that Wilson played every secondary position in New England. Wilson started training camp in 2007 at nickel corner — a position current Bucs corner Ronde Barber now occupies — but eventually moved back to safety.

Wilson, a five-year veteran, had 251 career tackles and 10 interceptions. He won two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots in his first two years in the NFL.

The Buccaneers are, reportedly, one of six teams interested in the safety.

The Bucs have met with cornerbacks since Friday and failed to sign them — Gay and Drayton Florence, who agreed to a deal with Jacksonville on Saturday. Jacques Reeves also disappeared from the market on Saturday, agreeing to a deal with the Houston Texans.

So far in free agency, the Bucs have signed three players — center Jeff Faine, tight end John Gilmore and defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson. They've also re-signed restricted free agent linebacker Antoine Cash.

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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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