Dallas Cowboys free agent center Al Johnson visited One Buccaneer Place this weekend.

Johnson, 28, originally entered the NFL in 2003 as a second-round draft pick out of Wisconsin.

The 6-foot-5, 311-pound Johnson has started 31 of the 48 games he’s played in during his four-year career. However, Johnson didn’t start any games in 2006 after losing his starting job to Pro Bowl C Andre Gurode.

Tampa Bay is also interested in re-signing C/G Sean Mahan, who became an unrestricted free agent Friday.

Should the Bucs sign Johnson and re-sign Mahan, John Wade, who has been the team’s starting center since 2003, could be in danger of being released or traded.

Wade, 32, is scheduled to have a $1.860 million cap value in 2007. The Bucs can create approximately $1.2 million in cap room by parting ways with Wade.


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