The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a pair of visitors on Monday, meeting with Denver cornerback Karl Paymah and Jacksonville tackle Khalif Barnes.
The 6-foot-, 195-pound Paymah, 26, had a great visit with Tampa Bay, according to his agent. However, no deal was struck, and Paymah, a 2005 third-round draft pick, is scheduled to visit Cleveland and San Francisco next.
“Karl had a great visit with the Buccaneers,” agent Michael Hoffman told PewterReport.com on Monday night. “Karl enjoyed meeting with Coach Morris, and he obviously has a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Bates from the time they spent together in Denver in 2007.”
On the first day of free agency, PewterReport.com reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers expressed some interest in Barnes. Eleven days later, the team entertained the massive 6-foot-5, 325-pounder at One Buccaneer Place.
Tampa Bay is in need of depth at the offensive tackle position, and with his size, footwork and agility, Barnes has the skills to play on either side. Tampa Bay is pleased with both right tackle Jeremy Trueblood, the team’s second-round pick in 2006, and left tackle Donald Penn, a restricted free agent who was tendered a contract worth $2.792 million that comes with first- and third-round pick compensation if he signs an offer sheet with another club and the Bucs refuse to match.
With Barnes, the Bucs would be getting a 26-year-old offensive lineman with versatility and enough talent to push both Penn and Trueblood. Barnes, Jacksonville’s second-round pick in 2005, has started 57 of the 60 games he has played in for the Jaguars. Jacksonville signed former Philadelphia left tackle Tra Thomas in free agency, which made Barnes expendable.
The Oakland Raiders were reportedly hot for Barnes’ services, but withdrew interest on Monday after having on-again and off-again talks, according to RaiderBeat.com.
Buffalo Bills free agent linebacker Angelo Crowell arrived in Tampa on Monday night and will meet with the Bucs on Tuesday.