Mike Alstott walked out of the home locker room at Raymond James Stadium, not knowing whether he’ll return as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The six-time Pro Bowl fullback arguably the biggest fan favorite in team history has three years left on his contract, but Saturday’s 17-10 playoff loss to Washington may well have been his last game for the Bucs. “It’s a decision that’s on me,” said Alstott, who restructured his contract before this season and is scheduled to earn $2 million in 2006. “I’ll talk to my family, my wife and everybody else.” According to one NFL personnel director, McCarthy is a strong candidate for the Packers’ position despite hardly ever being mentioned in media circles. The Packers are the only team that has requested permission from the 49ers to interview McCarthy, but other teams have sent out feelers, according to another NFL source. McCarthy’s agent, Gary O’Hagan, said Sunday that McCarthy had a “terrific” interview with Thompson, but he said he didn’t know where his client stood on Thompson’s list. He said one thing he was sure of was that McCarthy had left an impression with those still in the organization during his year as quarterbacks coach under Ray Rhodes in 1999. “That’s important,” O’Hagan said. “He has a relationship with people there who know what he’s capable of.” Thompson was personnel director under former general manager Ron Wolf during McCarthy’s season in Green Bay and undoubtedly remembered Wolf’s respect for McCarthy’s ability. McCarthy also worked with personnel analyst John Schneider and the late Mark Hatley, the team’s former vice president of football operations, in Kansas City before coming to the Packers. From News Services 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Alstott missed most of 2003 with a career-threatening neck injury and returned in 2004 to rush for 230 yards and two TDs, and catch 29 passes for 202 yards. He had four carries for 15 yards and gained 7 yards on his only reception during the loss to the Redskins. “I’ve had the best time this year. Going through two frustrating seasons, first in 2003, with the neck and then last year trying to regroup and get to my normal self,” Alstott said. “I felt I played well this year and did some good things. It was back to the old style again. … We’ll discuss it between me and my family and figure out what is best.” :PACKERS Of all the candidates being considered for the Green Bay Packers’ head coaching job, San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy has flown lowest beneath the radar. But for those who think he’s a courtesy interview based on his ties to the organization, his credentials should be considered. McCarthy, 42, became the fourth National Football League assistant coach to interview with general manager Ted Thompson, spending almost the entire day at Packers headquarters Sunday after arriving in Green Bay late Saturday afternoon. He is one of three offensive coordinators Thompson has on his shopping list and the only one to have worked in the Packers’ organization. The 10-year pro turned 32 last month, and his role has diminished in recent seasons because of injuries and coach Jon Gruden’s preference to use him as a more traditional fullback who blocks and carries the ball mostly in short-yardage situations. The team’s career touchdown leader (68) and second-leading all-time rusher (4,917 yards) gained 80 yards on 34 attempts and scored six of his seven TDs on the ground this season solid numbers considering the emergence of rookie Carnell “Cadillac” Williams as a featured back capable of handling a heavy workload.