Tampa Bay Buccaneers free agent safety John Howell probably won’t be without a job much longer.
PewterReport.com has learned that Howell, who entered the NFL with the Bucs as a 2001 fourth-round pick out of Colorado State, has received interest from several teams and is contemplating signing with either Seattle or Tampa Bay.
Should the Bucs, who invested two of their 12 draft picks in safeties Donte Nicholson and Hamza Abdullah, lose Howell in free agency, they will have lost their top three special teams tacklers from the 2004 season.
Howell recorded 19 special teams takedowns last season, which ranked second on the team behind linebacker Keith Burns. Earlier this offseason, Burns and cornerback Corey Ivy signed with Denver and St. Louis, respectively.
The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Howell has notched 63 tackles and four passes defensed in four seasons with the Bucs. He’s also recorded 50 career special teams tackles.
Tampa Bay currently has six safeties — Jermaine Phillips, Dexter Jackson, Will Allen, Kalvin Pearson, Nicholson and Abdullah — on its offseason roster.
In other news, Bucs offensive tackle Matt Martin was arrested on Sunday morning in Tampa on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing or opposing an officer without violence, according to the Tampa Tribune.
According to the Tribune’s report, Martin was arrested at 2:20 a.m. Sunday and released at 8:35 a.m. after posting $500 bond.
Tampa Bay will hold two more organized team activities this week at One Buccaneer Place, starting on Tuesday and running through Wednesday.
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