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Bucs Notes: Another Wilder in Bucs’ future?


Published:   |   Updated: April 11, 2014 at 07:07 PM

TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to determine if running back James Wilder Jr. can do for them what his father once did.

The Bucs hosted a private workout for the son of their all-time leading rusher at One Buc Place on Friday, Wilder Jr. noted on Twitter.

“Bucs workout went great, feel really confident that I helped my stock today with them!!!” Wilder Jr. tweeted.

Wilder Jr., is a former Plant High School star who decided to leave Florida State University after his junior season. He is expected to be selected in the middle or late rounds of this year’s NFL draft.

His father, James Wilder, played in 113 games for the Bucs from 1981-89 and ran 1,575 times for 5,957 yards.

“The(y) got my pops pic here in the hallway, I’m just tryin to keep the legacy of the name Wilder goin!!!!” Wilder Jr. tweeted.

Wilder Jr., who is 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, ran for 1,363 yards and 20 touchdowns over three years with the Seminoles.

CARR TO VISIT: The Bucs are leaving no quarterback unturned in their quest to find the signal-caller who will eventually replace projected starter Josh McCown.

Former Fresno State standout Derek Carr will come to One Buc Place for a visit Wednesday, the team said. The Bucs previously met with Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel.

The Bucs have made no secret of their desire to add a quarterback, as coach Lovie Smith has said he would like to bring at least four to training camp.

Smith placed McCown at the top of the depth chart for the start of the offseason workout program. The Bucs also have second-year pro Mike Glennon and former Northwestern standout Mike Kafka on their roster. Glennon was 4-9 in 13 starts a year ago.

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49ers’ Kaepernick defends reputation

SAN FRANCISCO — 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is defending his reputation.

Kaepernick put out a statement on his Twitter account Friday, a day after his name was linked to a Miami police report involving a woman who passed out in a hotel and later woke up in a hospital not knowing how she got there.

Referring to some media reports on the situation, Kaepernick said: “I take great pride in who I am and what I do, but I guess sometimes you have to deal with someone who makes things up.” He told fans their faith in him is not misplaced.

Police say Kaepernick, teammate Quinton Patton and Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette were with the woman earlier this month at a Miami hotel where Lockette lives. The police say it’s too early to determine whether a crime was committed.

BROWNS: Cleveland acted quickly on Friday to match Jacksonville’s five-year, $42 million offer sheet for Pro Bowl center Alex Mack, who will remain with the Browns for at least two more years.

Mack, 28, will receive $26 million guaranteed in the deal, which he can void after two seasons. Also, the Browns are not allowed to tag or trade him. That’s the steep price they’ll pay for allowing another team to do their negotiating, and for letting one of their core players test the free-agent market.

If they had lost Mack, it would have been yet another blunder by the Browns, who have lost at least 11 games in each of the past six seasons and are on their third head coach in three years.

CHIEFS: An attorney for Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe has filed a motion to suppress evidence related to his arrest for possessing marijuana.

Bowe is scheduled to appear Wednesday on a misdemeanor drug charge in the Kansas City suburb of Riverside, where he was pulled over Nov. 10 for speeding. During the stop, an officer detected a strong marijuana odor in the car.

BENGALS: Cincinnati added to its defensive line depth by signing free agent Sam Montgomery, an end who was Houston’s third-round pick last year.

DOLPHINS: Receiver Damian Williams has signed an $800,000, one-year contract with Miami after spending the past four years with the Tennessee Titans.

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