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NFL players hate the franchise tag, even if it means a big paycheck - SBNation.com
There are a few reasons the franchise tag has a lot of detractors.

Michael Bennett backs out of sponsored Israel trip because he 'will not be used’ by government - SBNation.com
Bennett, Kenny Stills, and Justin Forsett have all withdrawn from the trip.

Roddy White would have fought Kyle Shanahan for not running the ball in the Super Bowl - SBNation.com
White said he would have "literally" fought his former offensive coordinator over play calls that led to Atlanta’s Super Bowl loss.

Cleveland radio host proves playing quarterback for the Browns is harder than it looks - SBNation.com
Just hang onto that microphone, man.

Mel Kiper’s 2nd NFL mock draft has no DeShone Kizer in the 1st round - SBNation.com
Kiper thinks that defense will be a priority near the top of the draft, even for teams that need quarterbacks.

Malcolm Butler’s life story to be made into biopic called ‘The Secondary’ - SBNation.com
This should make for a great film.

Terrelle Pryor loves the Browns and wants to stay in Cleveland - SBNation.com
Pryor’s agents will have "strong discussions" with the team to keep Pryor in Cleveland.

NFL Draft 2017: Which player do mock drafts project each team to pick? - SBNation.com
Rounding up and compiling mock drafts to predict the 2017 NFL Draft.

2017 NFL Combine: Full list of 330 players invited - SBNation.com
Over 300 players looking to fulfill their dreams of playing in the NFL will attend the combine from Feb. 28-Mar. 6 in Indianapolis.

Texans have a Brock Osweiler problem to fix this offseason - SBNation.com
There’s no easy solution.

Franchise Tags Now in Play
The two-week window for teams to place franchise or transition tags on pending free agents began on Wednesday; will the Buccaneers use this option in 2017?

Bucs Participate in NFLPA Externship Program
Two Buccaneers are participating in the fourth-annual NFLPA Externship Program.

Watch: Buccaneers Insider Live, Feb 15
Senior Writer/Editor Scott Smith and Team Insider Casey Phillips report live from One Buccaneer Place.

NFL Franchise Tag Designation Period Now Open | Pewter Report
The NFL franchise tag designation period opened on Wednesday, allowing teams to tag one player to ensure they don't become a free agent.

Complement for Mike Evans goes to Bucs in Kiper's latest mock draft - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Western Michigan WR Corey Davis was prolific in college and with his size (6-3) and speed he could climb the draft boards.

Buccaneers need to bring back special-teams aces
A ranking of Bucs players 4-8 who are priorities to re-sign -- perhaps not quite as pressing as the first three but an integral part of a 9-7 finish.

Bucs again unlikely to utilize franchise tag this year | Tampa Bay Times
The Bucs rarely use their franchise or transition player tag and that isn’t expected to change this year.