The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off a 3-13 season and in need of competition and upgrades at several positions, including safety. The Bucs lost backup safety and special teams captain Will Allen to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday.
That said, it should come as no surprise that Tampa Bay is taking a hard look at some of the safeties still available on the free agent market.
Tampa Bay is attempting to arrange a visit with Browns safety Brodney Pool and Dolphins safety Gibril Wilson.
Pool, who left St. Louis without a contract Monday, was scheduled to visit the New York Jets on Wednesday. The Bucs are hoping Pool will visit Tampa Bay later this week, according to his agent, Ben Dogra.
"It is tentative, but yes,'' Dogra said of the Bucs plans to arrange a visit with Pool, who has a history of concussions during his career with the Browns.
Wilson will be looking to join his fourth team in as many years. He finished second on Dolphins in tackles (91) after signing a five-year, $27.5 million contract last Feb. 26. But Wilson struggled in pass coverage playing with two rookie cornerbacks. Only five NFL safeties played more snaps than Wilson in 2009 without an interception.
Source: St. Petersburg Times - Rick Stroud
PewterReport.com's Take: The Buccaneers weren't impressed with Sabby Piscitelli in his first year as a starter in 2009. He missed too many tackles and failed to create enough turnovers. The Bucs could sign a safety in free agency and/or invest one of their 10 draft picks in a safety. No matter who the safety is that the Bucs eventually acquire, expect that player to compete with Piscitelli for a starting job since the other safety spot is set with Tanard Jackson.