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Bucs hire Brenston Buckner as DL coach

The Buccaneers have hired Brenston Buckner as their defensive line coach, the team announced. Buckner will replace Jay Hayes, who Tampa Bay fired on February 9. The Buccaneers also interviewed University of Miami defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski, their own assistant defensive line coach, Paul Spicer, and former Colts defensive coordinator Ted Monachino. Buckner, 46, [more]

D.J. Swearinger still insists team will miss Kendall Fuller but is “moving forward”

D.J. Swearinger probably still isn’t happy with the team’s trade of cornerback Kendall Fuller, but the Washington safety is “moving forward.” Swearinger went on a Twitter rant after Washington’s deal for Alex Smith was reported during Super Bowl week. He openly criticized the trade of Fuller, something he now says he didn’t handle “the correct [more]

Buccaneers interview University of Miami DL coach Craig Kuligowski

The Buccaneers have interviewed University of Miami defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski for their vacant defensive line coaching position, pewterreport.com reports. Tampa Bay also has interviewed assistant defensive line coach Paul Spicer, former Colts defensive coordinator Ted Monachino and former Cardinals defensive tackle Brentson Buckner. The Bucs fired former defensive line coach Jay Hayes on [more]

Jason Kelce on his parade speech: It wasn’t all off the cuff

The Eagles’ Super Bowl run made Nick Foles a star. The Super Bowl parade turned Jason Kelce into one. “It’s been pretty crazy to say the least,” Kelce said Monday, via David Murphy of phillynews.com. “I don’t think I expected that before the speech. It was just building up for a long time, and it [more]

Michael Roberts hopes for a better second season

Eric Ebron is under contract for 2018; Darren Fells is not. The Lions will have Michael Roberts to use as a second tight end, but do they trust him? Roberts, a fourth-round pick in 2017, caught only four passes for 46 yards. He earned a suspension for violating team rules in Week 17 when he [more]

Grandmother doesn’t want Rae Carruth to have custody of son

Former Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth apologized to the family of Cherica Adams for her 1999 death, and though he said he hoped to one day have a relationship with the son who was born prematurely as a result. But his son’s caretaker, grandmother Saundra Adams, said Monday it was unlikely that would come to [more]

Julius Peppers undecided, but leaning toward playing in 2018

One of the NFL’s oldest defensive players seems poised to play again in 2018. Julius Peppers, the 38-year-old defensive end who becomes a free agent next month, is leaning toward playing this year, a source close to Peppers told the Charlotte Observer. Last year Peppers played on a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Panthers. [more]

Report: Cowboys will use franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence

The Cowboys will use the franchise tag on defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. That was expected all along, if the sides don’t come to agreement on a long-term deal before March 6. The franchise tag would fully guarantee Lawrence $17.5 million in 2018 on a one-year deal, [more]

Rams already owe Tavon Austin $5 million for 2018

As the annual lists of veterans with bloated contracts that could be terminated are compiled, one player presents an intriguing dilemma to his current team. Rams receiver Tavon Austin, widely regarded as being on the outs, has a contract that already guarantees him $5 million this year, in the form of a roster bonus that [more]

Rae Carruth apologizes to family of woman he conspired to kill

Former Panthers first-round pick Rae Carruth, months away from his release from prison for conspiring to kill the mother of his son, sent an open letter to the child’s family apologizing for his role in the death of Cherica Adams. Carruth was arrested in 1999, after he was charged with masterminding a plot to murder [more]

Eagles to interview Duce Staley, Mike Groh for coordinator position

Eagles coach Doug Pederson will interview Duce Staley and Mike Groh for the team’s vacant offensive coordinator position, Tim McManus of ESPN reports. Staley and Groh both will interview Monday. McManus said Pederson has no immediate plans to interview any external candidates. Staley said during Super Bowl week he is ready to become an offensive [more]

Report: Jets will pay “whatever it takes” to get Kirk Cousins

The Jets apparently want Kirk Cousins. They apparently want him badly enough that they’re willing to break the bank for him. According to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, the Jets are “willing to pay whatever it takes” to get him. This report comes amid a belief that the Jets may be willing to fully guarantee Cousins’ [more]

Will Garoppolo, McCarron be able to adjust once defenses see what they can do?

The 49ers made quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo the highest-paid player in NFL history based on seven career starts, five in Kyle Shanahan’s system. Someone will be paying quarterback A.J. McCarron based on four career starts. Hovering over both is an important question: What will they do after defenses get enough film on them? New quarterbacks and/or [more]

Taylor Gabriel “grateful” Falcons wanted him, but free agency is “a business”

The last time wide receiver Taylor Gabriel changed teams, he didn’t have a say in where he wound up. That worked out pretty well for him. Gabriel was claimed by the Falcons in September 2016 after being cut by the Browns and went on to score seven touchdowns on 39 offensive touches during the regular [more]

Pats’ struggles in dime defense made Malcolm Butler’s absence more conspicuous

More than two weeks after Super Bowl LII, the game’s biggest mystery still hasn’t been solved. It may never be. Cornerback Malcolm Butler dressed for the game, but he contributed to only one play, on special teams. He took no snaps on defense. Safety Devin McCourty has said that the team knew Butler wasn’t “starting.” [more]

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