The free agent signing period doesn't begin until Friday, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are already bringing players in for visits.
As previously reported by PewterReport.com, Tampa Bay is indeed targeting former Atlanta Falcons tight end Alge Crumpler and defensive tackle Rod Coleman.
In fact, Crumpler visited with the Buccaneers and took a physical on Tuesday, and Coleman is scheduled to visit One Buccaneer Place on Thursday. Both players were released by the Falcons last week.
Tampa Bay, which is approximately $44 million under the salary cap, is targeting Coleman, 31, in an effort to improve its pass rush, which accounted for 33 sacks last year. Coleman has recorded 58.5 career sacks and 10 forced fumbles in 109 career games.
The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Coleman is a player Bucs head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen are quite familiar with. They drafted him as members of the Oakland Raiders in 1999.
Crumpler, 30, has caught 316 career passes for 4,212 yards (13.3 avg.) and 35 touchdowns in 108 career games.
Last season, the 6-foot-2, 262-pound Crumpler caught 42 passes for 444 yards (10.6 avg.) and five touchdowns in Atlanta.
The former second-round pick out of North Carolina is a player on Tampa Bay's radar due to the fact that Bucs tight ends Anthony Becht and Jerramy Stevens are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on Friday.
When asked how Crumpler's visit with the Bucs went on Tuesday, his agent, James Williams, had no comment.
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