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March 4, 2010 @ 9:30 pm
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Bucs Express Interest In RB Parker

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Tampa Bay had a relatively quiet start to the free agent signing period, but did express interest in at least one player on Friday morning. PewterReport.com is reporting the Bucs have shown interest in Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker.
The Buccaneers are coming off a 3-13 season, so it's no surprise that the team is looking to improve several areas on its roster.

Tampa Bay was fairly quiet to start the free agent signing period, but did express interest in at least one player on Friday morning. PewterReport.com has learned through sources that the Bucs have shown interest in Pittsburgh Steelers free agent running back Willie Parker.

Parker, 29, has rushed for 5,378 yards (4.3 avg.) and 24 touchdowns and caught 84 passes for 697 yards (8.3 avg.) and five touchdowns in six seasons with the Steelers since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina in 2004.

The 5-foot-10, 209-pound Parker posted three straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons from 2005-07. His 75-yard run for a touchdown in Super Bowl XL still stands as the longest run in Super Bowl history. However, the two-time Pro Bowler has rushed for just 1,180 yards over the past two seasons and started just three games last year.

Despite signing RB Derrick Ward to a four-year, $17 million contract and having former first-round pick Cadillac Williams return from two major knee injuries, Tampa Bay's ground game ranked 23rd in the NFL last year. The Bucs also had just one 100-yard rusher in 16 regular season games.

It's unclear what level of interest the Bucs have in acquiring Parker, but Tampa Bay definitely intends to upgrade its running game this offseason whether it's through free agency or the draft.

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