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The Jaguars spent $178.3M in free agency and still whiffed on their biggest need -
After missing on Olivier Vernon and Robert Ayers in free agency, the Jaguars have no choice but to pursue other avenues to upgrade the pass rush.

Bargain shoppers reigned supreme in NFL free agency last year -
Free agency isn't where teams go to die, but being thrifty is still the way to go.

Patriots can't afford to underpay their star players forever -
Rob Gronkowski appeared to complain about his contract in a tweet last week.

NFL health and safety official acknowledges link between CTE and football -
A high-ranking NFL official has finally admitted a link, though he didn't say much else.

B.J. Raji taking a 'hiatus' after 6 seasons in the NFL -
The six-year veteran isn't ruling out a retirement, but says he won't play in the NFL in 2016.

2016 NFL mock draft: Free agency gives the top 10 a new look -
A ton of big-money deals being handed out have shifted the draft, but a blockbuster trade caused the biggest change.

Brent Grimes to Make an "Immediate Impact"
General Manager Jason Licht believes newly-signed cornerback Brent Grimes will hit the ground running.

Age Not an Issue for Brent Grimes
The Bucs, who have prior experience with a cornerback who excelled deep into his 30s, are confident that the newly-signed Brent Grimes is in position to do the same.

Buccaneers Sign CB Josh Robinson
The Bucs introduced CB Brent Grimes on Monday morning and then gave him a new partner in the secondary in the afternoon, signing former Vikings CB Josh Robinson to a one-year deal.

Grimes Excited To Be In Tampa, In Mike Smith's Defense | Pewter Report
Playing his collegiate years at Shippensburg University before going undrafted in 2006, and then spending a season in Europe, the path to NFL stardom seemed like an unlikely route for Brent Grimes. Nothing came easy and he had to grind it out the hard way.

Bucs Sign CB Josh Robinson | Pewter Report
Just when you thought the Buccaneers might have turned the page on free agency and turned their full attention to the NFL Draft, they add another cornerback to the mix on Monday.

NFL, NFLPA move toward deal that would strip Roger Goodell of disciplinary power
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told The Wall Street Journal that he is optimistic about a deal that would strip commissioner Roger Goodell of disciplinary power in off-the-field issues.

Bucs CB Grimes, 32, plays ‘young’ thanks, in part, to wife’s cooking | and The Tampa Tribune
If he were a bartender, Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht says he would have no choice but to card cornerback Brent Grimes were Grimes try to order a drink from him. "He looks young,’’ Licht said Monday.

NFL executive admits to CTE-football head trauma link | and The Tampa Tribune
WASHINGTON – An NFL official has acknowledged a link between football and the brain disease CTE for the first time.

Bucs DC Mike Smith talks about Grimes, Ayers on Sirius | Tampa Bay Times
The Bucs haven't formally introduced new cornerback Brent Grimes and defensive end Robert Ayers at a news conference yet, but we have the first quotes from Tampa Bay coaches thanks to Sirius XM's Bleacher Report radio, which had defensive coordinator Mike Smith on air Sunday.

Bucs sign former UCF, Vikings CB Josh Robinson | Tampa Bay Times
The Bucs continue to make moves to address their defense in free agency, announcing Monday that they have signed former Central Florida and Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson to a one-year contract.

What Grimes does best: 'I make plays on the ball' | Tampa Bay Times
Dirk Koetter learned during his first season as offensive coordinator in Atlanta not to throw at cornerback Brent Grimes. It was a warning issued by quarterback Matt Ryan during practice and Grimes made the Falcons offense pay for challenging him.

McDougald, Alexander draw Bucs' biggest bonuses | Tampa Bay Times
The NFL has released its annual performance-based bonuses, given across the league to low-paid players who earn significant playing time, and safety Bradley McDougald got the Bucs' largest bonus check with $222,054.

Bucs re-sign safety Conte; Lovie speaks of firing | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — The Bucs re-signed Chris Conte to a one-year deal, bringing back the 27-year-old who had 79 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles last season, his first with Tampa Bay.

Bucs introduce ball hawk Brent Grimes | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Dirk Koetter learned during his first season as offensive coordinator in Atlanta not to throw at cornerback Brent Grimes. It was a warning issued by quarterback Matt Ryan during practice, and Grimes made the Falcons offense pay for challenging him.

Howie Roseman, Philadelphia Eagles build for '16; NFL free agency | The MMQB with Peter King
Insight into an action-packed week on the NFL calendar, including Howie Roseman’s busy re-entry in Philadelphia, the aftermath in Denver after its top two quarterbacks depart, a Miami math equation and much more