Buccaneers may be looking for FB backup

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have three 1,000-yard rushers on their roster, and they'll need someone to open up the holes for them. Certainly, B.J. Askew is the starter. But the Buccaneers may be targeting this four-year pro to back up Askew. Find out who the Bucs could be pursuing and his connection to another Buccaneers back in this exclusive.

Bucsblitz.com has learned that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers met with Kansas City Chiefs fullback Kris Wilson earlier this week.

Wilson (6-foot-2, 251 pounds) spent the first four years of his career with the Chiefs, where he carried the football just four times for 13 yards.

However, he became a reliable receiver in his final two years with the Chiefs, catching 39 passes, with four touchdowns, while starting 22 of the Chiefs' 32 games in 2006-07.

The Buccaneers have an interest in Wilson because they only have two fullbacks on their roster right now — starter B.J. Askew and backup Byron Storer. While Storer did a solid job starting for the injured Askew last year, the Bucs clearly want a backup with more NFL starting experience, and Wilson would provide that.

He would also give the Bucs an experienced lead blocker, as Wilson helped open up holes for Larry Johnson, who rushed for nearly 1,800 yards in 2006.

Wilson's former teammate, Michael Bennett, re-signed with the Bucs in February after the Chiefs traded him to Tampa Bay last October.


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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