The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have expressed interest in a number of players, but went through the first day of free agency without any signings or visits.
That will change on Saturday.
Oakland Raiders free agent guard Cooper Carlisle is scheduled to visit the Buccaneers today, his agent told PewterReport.com.
Carlisle, 31, has started 69 of the 126 games he's played in since entering the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick out of Florida.
The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Carlisle began his pro career in Denver, but he's spent the past two seasons with Oakland, starting 31 games for the Raiders. Before signing with Oakland, Tampa Bay expressed interest in signing Carlisle.
Carlisle was arguably Oakland's best offensive lineman and has thrived in the zone blocking scheme new Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski is in the process of implementing in Tampa Bay.
Carlisle's visit with the Bucs is a curious one seeing as the team has first- and second-round draft picks invested in starting guards Davin Joseph, a 2009 Pro Bowl alternate, and Arron Sears.
The Bucs have also expressed interest in several other free agents, including cornerbacks Jamar Fletcher and Jabari Greer, offensive tackle Khalif Barnes, defensive end Antonio Smith and wide receivers Devery Henderson and Nate Washington.
Carlisle isn't the only Raiders player the Bucs are interested in acquiring. The Bucs have also expressed interest in trading for Raiders running back Michael Bush.