Thursday, March 09, 2006

Today Tackle Brad Hopkins Visits the Bucs...

Former Tennessee Titans left tackle Brad Hopkins is scheduled to visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at One Buccaneer Place on Today, Thursday, March 09, 2006.

Hopkins, who has 13 seasons and two Pro Bowls under his belt, turns 36 in September but intends on playing in 2006 and beyond, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein.

"He's definitely going to play this year," said Bartelstein. "He's healthy as
could be and he had a great year last year. He's looking forward to playing
several more years."
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Hopkins met with the New York
Jets Wednesday and is scheduled to meet with the Atlanta Falcons on Friday.

As we all know we need to upgrade our offensive line, if we are to be Super Bowl contenders. The Buccaneers will probably lose Kenyatta Walker due to free agency, and are looking at moving Anthony Davis to right tackle. This would leopeningpenning at left tackle, where Brad Hopkins could fill.

Hopkins, who entered the NFL in 1993 as a first-round draft pick, started 188 of the 194 games he played in as a Houston Oiler/Tennessee Titan, including 15 starts in 2005. The rumor is that Hopkins is interested in playing for Coach Jon Gruden, as is most free agents. However, at age 36 is this an upgrade or has he lost a step and will this be another Todd Steussie salary cap problem. Here is what is agent said about the Bucs and Gruden.

"They're real close to being a Super Bowl contender," Bartelstein said of Tampa
Bay. "I think Brad would like to play for Coach Gruden. He played for him in the
Pro Bowl and developed a relationship with him. I think Tampa Bay is definitely
a place he wants to take a good look at."

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