Tampa Bay signed Mike Alstott to a one-year, $1.5 million contract on Thursday, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be the Bucs' primary fullback in 2007.

Atlanta Falcons free agent FB Justin Griffith is scheduled to visit with the Buccaneers at One Buccaneer Place on Friday, according to ESPN.

Griffith, 25, has served as the primary lead blocker for Atlanta’s offense, which has produced one of the league’s most potent running games over the past several seasons.

While Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has contributed to that success, so have Warrick Dunn, T.J. Duckett and Jerious Norwood. In fact, the Falcons had the No. 1-ranked ground attack in the NFL last year.

In addition to his adequate blocking ability, Griffith has some Alstott-like qualities, including his ability to run and catch the football.

The 5-foot-11, 232-pound Griffith has rushed 81 times for 378 yards (4.7 avg.) and one touchdown – that came at Tampa Bay safety Will Allen's expense – while catching 87 career passes for 621 yards (7.1 avg.) and nine scores.

The fact that Griffith is well versed in the West Coast offense is also a plus to the Buccaneers, who are interested in signing another fullback since Alstott is 33 and Jerald Sowell became an unrestricted free agent on Friday morning.

 

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