Let me first apologize for my recent absence as I was conducting other business for my real job.
Now, that I am back. Here is the latest rumors, news & notes from this past week.
Stephen Holder, of the St. Pete Times is reporting that the Buccaneers deal with “Captain Calcium” Jermaine Phillips is for one year with a base salary of $1.25 million, according to NFL Players Association records. Holder is not reporting about any signing bonus monies as it it not known at this time. It is safe to say that Phillips inability to remain healthy over the last few seasons has just as much to do with the one year deal as does former second round pick Sabby Piscitelli.
Holder, also reveals that the deal with the Bucs and tight end Jerramy Stevens is a two-year deal that will pay him a base salary of $1.265 million in 2009 and $1.425 million in 2010, according to NFL Players Association records. It is not known if Stevens received any bonuses. It was some what of a surprise to see the team resign Stevens with Winslow, Smith & Gilmore already in the fold, but Smith will be a free agent after the 2009 season and has had a history of nagging injuries. There has also been speculation that team might be dangling Smith as trade bait.
Crowell could be in the fold soon
According to Steve Wyche, of NFL.com, the Buccaneers have entered preliminary contract negations with unrestricted free-agent LB Angelo Crowell. Earlier indications are it will be a one year deal, with Crowell coming of a knee injury that sidelined him for the entire 2008 season if the deal does happen it would be a chance for Crowell to restore some of his shine while proving the Bucs with experience and depth.
NFL Draft News
The Bucs had a rather large contingency at the pro day of Boston College to get an up close look at DT’s B.J Raji & Ron Brace, Brace also has a private workout scheduled with the team.
Ken Murray, of The Baltimore Sun, is reporting the Bucs have extended an invitation to University of Maryland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey for a private workout.
Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson, a potential first-round draft pick, has set up a private workout with the Bucs scheduled to take place on April 2, according to Aaron Wilson.
The Bucs also attended the pro day at Northwestern, where Joe Barry worked out Western Illinois linebacker Jason Williams, according to Brad Briggs of the Chicago Sun-Times. Williams also has a private workout scheduled with the team.
The other player that had scouts buzzing was Northwestern DT John Gill who stands at 6’3 310 pounds, is an interior clogging machine with 156 tackles, 22 tackles for loss he is just what new defensive coordinator Jim Bates is looking for as a wide body.