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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Bennett to Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have landed a veteran tailback with Viking ties.

But third-stringer Mewelde Moore remains on the roster, while former Viking and current Kansas City Chief Michael Bennett is headed to Tampa, according to the Kansas City Star.

Bennett was the backup to All-Pro Larry Johnson. But the Star reports that Bennett became expendable because the Chiefs plan to take former All-Pro Priest Holmes off the non-football injury list.

The Bucs were desperate for help at running back, especially after Earnest Graham gained just 29 yards on 10 carries in a 13-10 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Bennett, once the Vikings' starter, has a 4.5-yard-per-carry average for his career, and he ran for 1,296 yards in his second NFL season.

Moore, meanwhile, has been inactive the last two games.

Although the Bucs are out of the equation, a handful of other teams could use an upgrade at running back. The problem with Moore is, he is set to become a free agent next offseason, so he would be a mercenary for the remainder of the season. That means Moore would only be attractive to a playoff contender.


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