The Buccaneers are looking to fill Eric Wright's roster spot, and it appears it may be a veteran player brought in. Reports have Tampa Bay bringing in RB Peyton Hillis and TE Visanthe Shiancoe for workouts on Tuesday.
The Buccaneers have a roster spot to fill with the release of cornerback Eric Wright after the trade to the 49ers was voided due to Wright failing his physical with San Francisco.
But instead of filling the roster spot with a little-known undrafted free agent, it appears Tampa Bay is considering bringing in a veteran player instead.
Late Monday night Jenna Laine of SportsTalkFlorida.com reported that former Browns and Chiefs FB/RB Peyton Hillis would work out for the Buccaneers on Tuesday, and Tuesday morning Jason LaCanfora reports that Tampa Bay will also work out former Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.
Hillis has struggled since his monster 2010 season in which he ran for nearly 1,200 yards while adding 11 touchdowns. Last season in Kansas City, Hillis ran for 309 yards and one touchdown. Hillis has also been a productive receiver out of the backfield throughout his career, notching 111 receptions for 867 yards and three touchdowns.
Shiancoe, 33, like Dallas Clark last season, is nearing the end of a productive career but the Buccaneers may not be convinced that incumbent Luke Stocker or free agent signee Tom Crabtree can provide what they need offensively in 2013. Shiancoe was with the Patriots in 2012, but failed to record a catch. Shiancoe began his career with the Giants in New York, but really blossomed during his five seasons in Minnesota. For his career Shiancoe has 243 receptions for 2,677 yards and 27 touchdowns.
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