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- The Bucs say they are shopping, and given the team's needs they could be perusing the offensive tackle and defensive backs aisle.

Coach Jon Gruden on Monday admitted there are players the team would like to pick up before today's 4 p.m. trade deadline.

"We are looking at some specific players in the league," Gruden said. "Not everybody, but we are targeting specific players and the opportunity of acquiring them."

Internet reports claim the Bucs are offering up various players, including CB Brian Kelly, DT Anthony McFarland, DE Simeon Rice and SS Jermaine Phillips. Another big name being mentioned as trade bait is Cardinals OT Leonard Davis.

With Kelly's status for the remainder of the season in doubt, the Bucs could be looking to bring in a cornerback. The Bills reportedly are shopping Pro Bowl CB Nate Clements. He carries a hefty cap value (Clements signed a one-year, $7.2 million contract after the Bills placed the franchise tag on him) but would provide stability at that position.

Kelly said playing on the Field Turf last week at New Orleans reaggravated the turf toe injury that sidelined him for two consecutive games. He missed his third game of the season Sunday against Cincinnati.

"They tell me there's a chance surgery could fix that," Gruden said. "It's unfortunate it's just not getting better. He's just not able to go right now, so until he can go we'll continue to play the guys who are well enough."

McCOWN CLOSE TO RETURN: Backup QB Luke McCown will return to the practice field Wednesday after serving his six weeks on the physically unable to perform list.

The Bucs will have 21 days to evaluate McCown's progress and see how he has rehabilitated the serious knee injury he sustained in an offseason workout. When and if the Bucs decide to place McCown on the 53-man roster, they'll have to create room by either releasing a player, possibly QB Tim Rattay, or by placing QB Chris Simms on injured reserve.

"He looks good out there on the field going through the bags and going through all the drills and throwing the football," Gruden said of McCown. "Putting him underneath the center and having him react in a football uniform will be something we have to look at."

O-LINE CHANGES: Sean Mahan, who started every game at right guard last season and three games this year, replaced LG Dan Buenning in Sunday's victory, but Gruden wouldn't say if that will be a permanent move.

"We're going to continue to look at that and try to get the best five guys on the field," Gruden said.

PROTECTING THE QB: Gruden said he thought Carolina DE Al Wallace should have been penalized for his hit on Simms in the Bucs' 26-24 loss to the Panthers on Sept. 24. As for Cincinnati DE Justin Smith's controversial penalty Sunday for roughing QB Bruce Gradkowski, Gruden said he didn't see the play.

Smith was penalized 15 yards during the Bucs' game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.

"I realize it's a questionable call in the game," Gruden said. "There were several plays in the game, forget about officiating, that could have turned the tide in the football game, not just that one."

ABuccs Fan:
"I didn't see the play." ....that my story and I'm sticking to it!!!!

With good OL so hard to get why would the Cardinals trade L.Davis. I have not followed that situation.


--- Quote from: Orangegone1 on October 17, 2006, 10:35:13 AM ---With good OL so hard to get why would the Cardinals trade L.Davis. I have not followed that situation.

--- End quote ---
I think he is an Unrestricted free agent at the end of the year.  They(Arizona) could get something for him in case he decides to go for the money in FA.

Boid Fink:
Hey you know, Gruden could have said , "I didn't see the hold on Nece either." 

He hasn't bashed the Refs when things weren't going his way, and he handled this situation perfectly.


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