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Lovie Smith expected to be next Illinois coach, per multiple reports - SBNation.com
The former Bears and Bucs coach hasn't worked at the college level in a couple decades, but he's won a bunch of games in this state.

Dolphins restructure Ndamukong Suh's contract - SBNation.com
The defensive tackle had a massive cap number of $28.6 million before the Dolphins re-worked his contract.

Free Agency Focus: Offensive Tackles
As our position-by-position survey of the potential free agent market continues, we look at the blockers on the edges of the line, positions that are more often filled through the draft.

Reports: Smith Hired As Head Coach At Illinois | Pewter Report
Multiple Internet reports state that former Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith has been hired as the head coach of the University of Illinois.

2016 Bucs Free Agency Preview: Offense | Pewter Report
The Buccaneers aren't expected to be major free agency players next week when the annual free agency frenzy kicks off on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

As Bucs know, free agent buyers beware | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
There are a variety of reasons teams let players leave via free agency. Age, poor production and lack of affordability are at the top of the list. The trick for teams is looking past them to find players with value.

Bucs interested in ex-Panthers OL Nate Chandler | Tampa Bay Times
Two days before the free agency window opens for players to talk with other teams, the Bucs have an interest in offensive lineman Nate Chandler, who was released by the Panthers on Thursday.

Bucs' Doug Martin likely to hit open market | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — The NFL's second-leading rusher is about to find out what 31 other teams believe he's worth.

Reports: Ex-Bucs coach Lovie Smith set to be hired at Illinois | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — It looks like Lovie Smith won't need to take a year off from coaching this time around.

Greg Cosell's Free Agency Preview: Breaking down five key players | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
I'm not going to tell you what teams should or will pay certain free agents, but I can tell you what I've seen from some of the more interesting free agents-to-be on film.

Why Transition-Tagged DE Olivier Vernon Will Be Giant Free-Agent Bust | Bleacher Report
The 2016 NFL offseason continues to move forward, and we’re nearing one of the most exciting periods as free agency looms. Although free agency is a good opportunity to augment a roster, it’s also dangerous to overspend on mediocre talent. Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon is among the biggest names on the market but will end up being a major free-agency bust.