Buccaneers work out Tommie Harris

Jonathan Daniel

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem to be falling in love with players who used to be good. Is Jon Gruden back?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are serious about adding some veteran competition, it seems. Earlier reports suggested that they were working out Peyton Hillis and Visanthe Shiancoe, as well. Now ESPN's Pat Yasinskas reports that the Buccaneers are also working out defensive tackle Tommie Harris.

Harris used to be a disruptive and very good 3-technique defensive tackle, with a similar build to Gerald McCoy. The Bucs don't have a clear backup for McCoy, and Harris could conceivably come in and compete for that spot. With 31.5 sacks in his 8-year career he was never a finisher, but he always very disruptive. Unfortunately, he hasn't played well since 2009. He lost his starting position with the Bears in 2010 and wound up barely playing for the Chargers in 2011, and spent 2012 out of football.

As with Hillis and Shiancoe, the odds of him actually being signed are small and the odds of him making the eventual regular season roster are even smaller. But there's no downside to these workouts, so why not do them?

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