Despite the fact that Tampa Bay has starting cornerbacks Ronde Barber and Brian Kelly, and nickel CB Juran Bolden under contract for the 2006 season, the Buccaneers still are interested in acquiring free agent cornerbacks. is reporting that Oakland Raiders free agent cornerback Charles Woodson is scheduled to fly to Tampa Thursday night and will meet with Tampa Bay officials at One Buccaneer Place on Friday.

A 1998 first-round draft pick out of Michigan, Woodson recorded 383 tackles, 17 interceptions, two touchdowns and 66 passes defensed during his eight-year career with Oakland.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Woodson is considered a versatile defensive back and can play both cornerback and safety.

With Barber, Kelly and Bolden under contract, the Bucs could be interested in signing Woodson to compete with Will Allen at free safety, where Woodson has spent some time playing during the latter part of his career.

Should he sign with Tampa Bay, Woodson would be reunited with head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen, both of whom had a hand in drafting him when they worked for the Raiders.

Woodson,29, has struggled with injuries over the past several seasons. He played in just six games last season before being placed on injured reserve with a broken leg.

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