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“OL Masterminds Summit” features few masks, no distancing

As the NFL and the NFL Players Association haggle over every detail of football in a pandemic, one key question will be whether players can and will do everything they need to do — and not do everything they shouldn’t do — from August through December (or, in the case of 12 playoffs teams, into [more]

Devin White hosting a party with 2,000 people expected

Buccaneers linebacker Devin White will host his second annual “Trail Ride” at his “Get Live Stables” in Cotton Valley, Louisiana, on Saturday. The mayor of the town, C.C. Cox, told TMZ that 2,000 people are expected on the 20-acre property and that no COVID-19 precautions are required or will be enforced. Louisiana State Troopers and [more]

Bud Dupree files grievance, disputing he is a linebacker

Bud Dupree signed his franchise tender on April 23, but he has filed a grievance disputing what his position is, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. The Steelers want to pay Dupree as a linebacker rather than as a defensive end. The franchise tag for linebackers is $15.828 million, and it’s $17.788 million for defensive [more]

Shaquil Barrett accepts franchise tender, disputes that he’s a linebacker

Shaquil Barrett will play for the Buccaneers this year, but how much he’ll get paid remains to be seen. Barrett informed the Buccaneers today that he will accept the franchise tender the team placed on him, agent Drew Rosenhaus tells PFT. That means Barrett is willing to play this season on a one-year contract. But [more]

“OL Masterminds Summit” proceeds in Texas this weekend

They’re calling it the “OL Masterminds Summit.” The litmus test as to whether the individuals participating are truly “masterminds” is whether they’ll realize that they shouldn’t attend. Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News explains that the event, featuring 50 offensive lineman, will proceed as scheduled in Texas this weekend. The event will mainly unfold [more]

Donovan Smith: Risking health “does not seem like a risk worth taking”

With just over two weeks before players are scheduled to return to training camps, the NFL hasn’t had to deal with players opting out the way other sports have seen. But one fairly significant part of a team with hopes to contend admitted Friday he had major concerns about returning to work during a pandemic. [more]

Fanatics, will continue to sell Washington gear

At a time when multiple major retailers won’t sell merchandise bearing the current name of the Washington NFL franchise, one of the biggest apparel providers will. Terry Lefton of Sports Business Daily reports that Fanatics will continue to sell Washington merchandise. Fanatics administers Both the league’s official online store and had, per Lefton, [more]

TB12 received between $350,000 and $1 million in PPP loans

The article I posted just before starting on this one pointed out that Tom Brady earned $2.998 million in the fiscal year ending February 29, 2020 in money-for-nothing marketing and royalty payments via the NFL. That, along with the rest of his holdings, did not stop his zealously promoted (by him) lifestyle brand from accepting [more]

Dennis Allen looking forward to “huge challenge” of defending Tom Brady

The NFC South was the site of the biggest free agent move in the league this March as quarterback Tom Brady‘s decision to sign with the Buccaneers made for a big change in the divisional landscape. Such a shift will also mean more work for the defensive coordinators of the other three teams in the [more]

Ali Marpet quotes highlight the NFLPA’s current conundrum

As the NFL and NFL Players Association try to hammer out a deal that would finalize coronavirus protocols for training camp, recent comments from Buccaneers tackle Ali Marpet illustrate the challenge the NFLPA faces in protecting players. Marpet, who serves as the team’s NFLPA representative, spoke to regarding various issues relating to practicing and [more]

Bruce Arians plans to “be careful,” but isn’t opting out

Bruce Arians is 67 years old, and has had to step away from coaching for health reasons before. On the other hand, Tom Brady. The Buccaneers coach said he was aware of the risk of coaching during a pandemic, but the opportunity to coach a legend was too enticing. “I got to be real careful,” [more]

Former Bucs team president Gay Culverhouse dies

Former Buccaneers team president and senior executive Gay Culverhouse died Wednesday at her home in Fernandina Beach, Florida, the New York Times reports via ESPN. Culverhouse was 73. Culverhouse, the daughter of late team owner Hugh Culverhouse, was giving five years to live in 2003 after being diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a form of chronic leukemia [more]

Gerald McCoy: Cowboys are going to “let me be me”

Gerald McCoy started all 16 games last season in Carolina, but after signing with the Cowboys in March, the defensive tackle revealed he had a dispute with the coaches for taking him out of the game. McCoy played only 63 percent of the team’s snaps last season. That was his lowest percentage of playing time [more]

Buccaneers have high demand for tickets, no idea if fans can attend

After the Buccaneers signed Tom Brady, their problem selling tickets went away. But now they’re dealing with an unexpected problem, thanks to COVID-19. Bucs COO Brian Ford told season ticket holders in an email that the team simply doesn’t know how many fans the stadium is going to have room for this year, and so [more]

Antonio Brown working out with Russell Wilson

A report in May out of Seattle indicated Russell Wilson wants the Seahawks to sign Antonio Brown. Now, it appears the two are working out together, which should only intensify the Brown-to-Seattle talk. The receiver posted videos on his Instagram story Wednesday, and Ben Arthur of the Seattle Post Intelligencer made the connection. Brown is [more]

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