The 2-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking for ways to upgrade their roster, and no position is off limits.
Former Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos punter Todd Sauerbrun flew to Tampa Monday evening and is scheduled to work out for the Buccaneers at One Buccaneer Place Tuesday.
The 5-foot-10, 215-pound Sauerbrun originally entered the league in 1995 out of West Virginia. He has established himself as one of the league’s best punters by averaging 44 yards per punt in stints with the Chicago Bears (1995-99), the Kansas City Chiefs (2000), the Carolina Panthers (2001-04) and the Denver Broncos (2005).
A three-time Pro Bowler, Saurbrun’s best years came while he was in Carolina. His best season came in 2001 when he averaged 47.5 yards per punt.
Sauerbrun, who is versatile and has handled punts, kickoffs and holding duties for field goals before, landed with Denver in 2005 after the Broncos traded punter Jason Baker and a seventh-round draft pick to Carolina in exchange for Sauerbrun.
But Sauerbrun’s tenure with Denver was short-lived when he failed an NFL drug test for using a banned dietary substance, which resulted in a four-game suspension. Saurbrun has had other issues off the football field, including a drunken driving arrest and being implicated in a steroid scandal in Carolina.
According to his agent, David Canter, Sauerbrun is intrigued by the possibility of playing for Tampa Bay, but Canter went on to tell PewterReport.com that his client was scheduled to travel to Detroit to work out for the Lions if he isn’t signed by the Bucs on Tuesday afternoon.
It’s unclear what Tampa Bay’s interest in Sauerbrun means for punter Josh Bidwell, who is averaging 43.7 yards per punt this season and made the Pro Bowl in 2005.
Bidwell, 29, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2006 season.