has learned that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to terms on a contract with New York Jets free agent fullback Jerald Sowell, as first reported by 620 WDAE.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available. Sowell is expected to officially sign his contract with the Bucs by Monday.

Sowell, 32, started 48 of the 137 games he played in with the Jets since entering the league in 1997.

The 6-foot, 237-pound Sowell has started 46 games and helped Jets RB Curtis Martin rush for 3,740 yards (4.0 avg.) and 19 touchdowns over the past three seasons.

Sowell, who worked with Bucs quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett and offensive line coach Bill Muir in New York, is expected to fill the void left on the Bucs’ roster by FB Jameel Cook, who signed with the Houston Texans earlier this offseason.

In addition to his lead blocking skills, Sowell has rushed 61 times for 244 yards (4.0 avg.) and one touchdown while catching 147 passes for 1,188 yards and five touchdowns during his 10-year career.

Not only is he expected to fill the vacant roster spot created by Cook’s departure, Sowell could be asked to lead block just as much if not more than FB Mike Alstott, who is considered more of a short-yardage and goal-line back.

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