Cleveland Browns: The club sent its first contract proposal to QB Tim Couch Wednesday. Couch's agent, Tom Condon, received the proposal but would not go into specifics. Coincidentally the offer came on the same day the team hosted QB Drew Henson. He spent the morning being interviewed and taking tests and worked out later in the afternoon. Condon, who is also the agent for Henson, told the Akron Beacon-Journal he hasn't talked to Henson since he left Cleveland. He said he couldn't gauge the Browns' interest in Henson but admitted teams might look at Henson in case he goes back in the draft in April.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Now that New Orleans has signed Aaron Stecker and Thomas Jones is now a member of the Bears, the Bucs don't have a lot of depth at the position. RB Michael Pittman and FB Mike Alstott are the only backs on the roster with starting experience in Coach Jon Gruden's system. Unfortunately Pittman has legal issues that could preclude him from playing next season and Alstott is recovering from serious neck surgery. The good news is that Alstott has been cleared to play by doctors. "I feel like the old Mike,'' Alstott told the Tampa Tribune. "I don't feel like it ever happened. I can do anything I want. But we want to be smart and not test the neck right now because we want to build up as much strength." The Bucs do have other options. Eagles RB Duce Staley visited One Buc Place on Wednesday, and Garrison Hearst of the 49ers and Charlie Garner of the Raiders also are available.
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