With their 2007 season officially over, the Buccaneers are already focused on 2008. Whether or not '08 will include fullback Mike Alstott remains to be determined.
Alstott, 34, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March. He is also coming off of his second neck injury since 2003, an ailment that caused him to miss the entire 2007 season and one many believe will ultimately prompt the "A-Train" to call it a career after 12 seasons in the National Football League.
That's what No. 40 suggested on the "Ron and Ian Show" on WDAE 620 during an interview on Wednesday morning.
"You can read between the lines," Alstott said. "I've had some injuries; I have a young family; I can't be selfish in that regard.
"I can't go have more surgeries; it wouldn't be worth it. I was disappointed I couldn't be on the field this year, but I'm having fun now. Right now my concentration is on [my foundation]."
Bucs general manager Bruce Allen said Thursday that Alstott was in no hurry to decide his future.
"Mike is contemplating his situation," said Allen. "We get together at this time each year. We'll discuss it. I don't think there's any hurry in making any decision. After Mike and I get together I'm sure we'll let you know what we decide."
A 1996 second-round draft pick out of Purdue, Alstott holds the franchise record for rushing touchdowns (58) and total touchdowns (71). The six-time Pro Bowler has rushed for 5,088 yards and caught 305 passes for 2,284 yards and 13 touchdowns.
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