With Cadillac Williams in the garage for the remainder of the 2007 season, the Bucs feel they have to go out and look for another running back to help out with now backs Michael Pittman and Ernest Graham. Their first attempt to grab a back came Tuesday, as the team made inquiries to the Minnesota Vikings about back Mewelde Moore. The Vikings, knowing the situation with the Bucs all too well, asked them for a first-round pick for Moore, which of course Tampa Bay basically laughed at.
Moore, who at 25 years old is set to be a free agent at the end of the season, has rushed for 71 yards this season is spot duty filling in for a hurt Chester Taylor. He was drafted by the Vikings in the 4th round (23rd pick) in the 2004 draft. In week two vs Detroit he ran for 50 yards on 6 carries. He led the team in rushing (662 yards) and was third in receiving (37 catches) in 2005.
There were also reports on Tuesday on the Tampa Tribune website that Bucs GM Bruce Allen was looking to put together a deal for Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie and Taylor. McKinnie would take over the Bucs left tackle spot that was left open to a season-ending injury to their left tackle, Luke Petitgout. Once again though, it was shelved as just a rumor and to this point nothing more has come of it.
You can bet though the phone lines in Tampa Bay will be burning as the team looks for both RB and LT with Williams and Petitgout out for the rest of the season. At 3-1, the Bucs do not want their season to be flushed down the toilet with two major injuries on Sunday taking them out of the hunt for the NFC South title.