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Alstott Will Return In ‘07
Posted Mar 1, 2007 by Roy Cummings
Updated Mar 1, 2007 at 01:36 PM
TAMPA - The A-Train will run through Tampa once more in 2007.
Fullback Mike Alstott, arguably the most popular player in Bucs history, finalized his return to the team today after signing a one-year contract, sources with knowledge of the deal told The Tampa Tribune.
Details of the contract were not immediately known, but a source with knowledge of the contract said Alstott agreed to a deal similar to the $1.5 million package he played under last season.
The signing brings an end to a second straight offseason of speculation regarding the Bucs fullback, who has considered retiring after each of the last two seasons.
Alstott said he came back last year because the Bucs appeared to be a team on the rise and that he was still having fun playing the game. His return this year may be more for personal reasons.
The Bucs are coming off a 4-12 season and their direction in 2007 is uncertain. So, too, is Alsottt’s role, though it is likely he sought some assurances that he will be used more regularly than in the past.
Though Alstott’s carries increased over the previous year in 2006, he went through stretches in which he was not used at all in the short-yardage and goal-line situations that have become his niche.
Alstott’s 2006 season ended poorly for him, with the lumbering fullback gaining just 60 yards on 28 carries.
The signing is an important one for the Bucs as well as backup fullback Jerald Sowell is likely to test the free agent market.