COOK RE-SIGNS WITH BUCS The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed fullback Jameel Cook for at least one more season, PewterReport.com learned Tuesday.
Cook, who entered the NFL in 2001 as a sixth-round draft pick out of Illinois, has played in 56 games (17 starts) with the Bucs. His primary role in head coach Jon Gruden’s offense has been as a lead blocker. However, Cook has displayed soft hands, hauling in 48 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns in four seasons with the Bucs.
QB CARTER TO VISIT TAMPA BAY Former Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets quarterback Quincy Carter arrived in Tampa Tuesday night and is scheduled to meet with the Buccaneers on Wednesday.
The Bucs, who have three quarterbacks – Brian Griese, Chris SImms and Akili Smith — under contract for the 2005 season, are looking to add at least one more veteran signal caller to their roster.
Carter, who entered the NFL in 2001 as a second-round draft pick out of Georgia, spent the first three years of his career with the Cowboys, who released him before the start of the 2003 regular season due to what was reportedly a positive drub test. However, the NFL Players Association has filed a request for arbitration in the case.
The 27-year-old quarterback has reportedly spent time in rehab in 2003, 2004 and last month.
According to CBSSportsline.com, Carter was already in the NFL’s substance-abuse program following one previous positive test, and a third positive test would automatically warrant a four-game suspension.
Shortly after he was released by Dallas, Carter (6-2, 217) signed a one-year contract to play in New York, where he completed nearly 61 percent of his passes and threw for 498 yards and tossed three touchdowns and one interception while going 2-1 as a starter with the Jets. Carter played in a total of seven games last season.
During his four-year career, Carter has completed 56.5 percent of his passes and thrown for 6,337 yards and has tossed 32 touchdowns and 37 interceptions in 38 games (34 starts).
OTHER NEWS AND NOTES Bucs unrestricted free agent guard Matt O’Dwyer, who suffered a torn pectoral muscle in a freak weight-lifting accident last summer, which caused him to miss almost the entire 2004 regular season, is scheduled to visit with the Green Bay Packers on Thursday and Friday.
Tight end Ken Dilger is currently considering signing with the New York Jets, but his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told Pewter Report that 33-year-old Dilger is contemplating a move that would require him to move his family out of Florida and to New York. The Bucs officially signed Jets free agent TE Anthony Becht on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Tampa Bay is currently attempting to schedule visits with several players next week, including wide receivers Kevin Johnson (Baltimore) and David Terrell (Chicago).
Negotiations are ongoing between the Bucs and the agent for Jaguars free agent cornerback Juran Bolden, who is a Tampa native.
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