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Alstott, Bucs discussing his return for next season

Fullback tells team he'd like to come back.

By RICK STROUD and STEPHEN F. HOLDER
Published February 23, 2007


INDIANAPOLIS - The A-Train could soon be on schedule to return to the Bucs.

Fullback Mike Alstott has officially informed the team of his desire to play in 2007. General manager Bruce Allen met with Alstott's agent, Ben Dogra, on Wednesday and discussions were said to be moving in a positive direction.

Another meeting between Allen and Alstott's representatives will occur in the next day or two at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Alstott is scheduled to become a free agent March 2. But he has said he has no desire to leave Tampa Bay to resume his career.

The 11-year pro is believed to be seeking another one-year deal at would pay him close to the $1.5-million he earned in 2006.

Alstott's role has decreased the past two seasons. Last year, he rushed 60 times for 171 yards 2.9 average. Excluding 2003 when he had a season-ending neck injury, it marked the second-fewest rushing attempts of his career.

He had just 34 carries in 2005 but scored six touchdowns.

FLIPPING OUT: The Bucs and Browns will have a coin toss at 7:45 this morning to determine which team owns the No. 3 overall pick. The loser picks fourth.

The teams finished with 4-12 records and the same strength of schedule, necessitating a coin flip to break the deadlock.

Browns general manager Phil Savage said he would like his team to prevail in the coin toss but noted it would come with a price.

"The difference is probably between $6-million and $8-million," he said. "So if you win, do you really lose? It's hard to say."

BACK AT DISNEY: The Bucs are going to spend another summer at Disney World.

Team officials announced the team will conduct training camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports for the sixth straight season.

The club also will continue to reside at the Celebration Hotel.

Despite completion on its $30-million training facility that includes three practice fields, the team prefers to get out of Tampa for training camp.

Rick Stroud can be reached at stroud@sptimes.com Stephen F. Holder can be reached at sholder@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3377.