On top of the news that Mike Alstott was willing to return for another season, comes a report from the Tribune's Buc beat man Roy Cummings that One Buc Place has reciprocated the offer. The wire report mentions that Alstott's return was linked to the disappointing performance of rookie fullback Rick Razzano, but forgets that Bucs have another fullback in front of Razzano, Jameel Cook.
Alstott's value to the Bucs came (unsurprisingly) in goal line situations and (surprisingly) in the passing game. As fantasy players know all to well, Alstott took away a good number of goal line carries from Cadillac Williams. Additionally, Alstott was Simm's safety valve on third down and long this season. More than once I saw Alstott catch the ball seven yards short of the sticks on third down, and then fight (successfully) for the first.