The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have a crowded house at One Buccaneer Place this weekend.
The Bucs have scheduled visits with several free agents, and they're attempting to bring in more, including San Francisco defensive end Marquis Douglas and Minnesota running back Mewelde Moore.
PewterReport.com reported earlier today that both Douglas and Moore were scheduled to visit One Buccaneer Place. However, we have since learned that our source for this particular story gave us erroneous information.
Tampa Bay is in the process of attempting to schedule visiits for both players, but neither one was scheduled to visit One Buc Place as of Friday evening.
Moore, 26, is a player Tampa Bay was expected to target because of his versatility and production. In his four seasons with the Vikings, Moore rushed for 1,285 yards (4.9 avg.) and caught 116 passes for 1,093 yards. He's scored a total of four touchdowns in 54 career games.
The 5-foot-11, 208-pound Moore is also considered a capable return specialist. He's averaged 10.3 per attempt and scored two touchdowns as a punt returner.
Tampa Bay's running attack ranked 11th overall last year, which was the highest it had ever ranked under head coach Jon Gruden. The Bucs are looking to build on that success and really liked Moore when he entered the NFL in 2004 as a fourth-round draft pick. That feeling apparently hasn't changed.
The Bucs inquired about possibly trading for Moore last year after Cadillac Williams sustained a torn patellar tendon in Week 4 vs. Carolina, but eventually made a deal with Kansas City for Michael Bennett.
The Bucs have running back Earnest Graham under contract and recently re-signed Bennett. However, with fullback Mike Alstott retired, Michael Pittman hitting the free agent market and the future of Williams up in the air due to a knee injury he sustained last year, Tampa Bay still is in the market for a running back.
Moore played in 12 games last season, rushing 20 times for 113 yards and catching six passes for 48 yards while seeing limited playing time due to rookie sensation Adrian Peterson's success.
Douglas originally entered the NFL out of Howard in 2000. He has played for New Orleans, Baltimore and most recently San Francisco, where he's spent the past three seasons.
The 6-foot-2, 292-pound Douglas has notched 299 career tackles, 19 sacks and six forced fumbles. The Bucs could be looking at Douglas as a player that can play both defensive end and defensive tackle in their Cover 2 scheme.
Douglas, who has played in 88 career games, notched three sacks for the 49ers last season.
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