New England Patriots free agent offensive tackle Tom Ashworth flew to Tampa on Saturday night and spent Sunday morning and afternoon visiting with the Buccaneers.
According to Ashworth’s agent, Tom Mills, the visit went well.
“He had a good visit with Coach Gruden, the offensive line coach [Bill Muir], [general manager] Bruce Allen, and really everybody,” said Mills. “I think he really had a good visit.”
Ashworth, 28, is better suited at the right tackle position but has the versatility to play at both tackle spots. He started 30 of the 37 career games he played in with the Patriots since entering the NFL in 2002.
The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Ashworth spent Saturday afternoon meeting with the New York Jets before flying into Tampa on Saturday night. Ashworth spent Sunday morning and afternoon at One Buccaneer Place before flying to Miami to meet with the Dolphins.
Although Ashworth left One Buc Place without a contract offer from Tampa Bay, Mills told PewterReport.com that he expects Allen to extend an offer to his client as early as Sunday night.
“I haven’t gotten an offer from Bruce yet, but I’m expecting one by tonight,” said Mills. “Tom really enjoyed the visit. We’re going to resume talks tonight or early tomorrow.”
In addition to Ashworth, Tampa Bay is also interested in Tennessee Titans T Brad Hopkins, who visited with the team last week, and New York Jets T Jason Fabini, both of whom are unrestricted free agents.
PewterReport.com also learned Sunday that Jacksonville Jaguars free agent OT Mike Pearson is scheduled to fly to Tampa to visit with the Buccaneers on Monday.
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