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Daily Bucs Links: Goodbye Verner

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Saints enter yet another NFL offseason with the goal of fixing their defense -
The Saints’ defense has been one of the NFL’s worst for most of the Sean Payton era.

Sam Bradford and the Vikings might be together beyond the 2017 season -
Bradford played well in 2016, and the team isn’t sure when Teddy Bridgewater will be ready to go.

Larry Fitzgerald says the Cardinals playing in the Hall of Fame Game is the ‘worst news ever’ -
If Larry Fitzgerald wants an extra week or two of summer, Larry Fitzgerald should get it.

Jim Harbaugh thinks he deserves ‘endurance medal’ after spending 4 years with 49ers -
The former San Francisco coach is the longest-tenured coach of the Jed York era.

Jameis Winston was casually sexist to school children. It's not a surprise, but it is a problem. -
Winston saying girls should be "silent" and boys should be "strong" is a reminder of how harmful gender stereotypes can be.

DeSean Jackson has plenty of options in free agency. Which team is the best fit? -
One of the NFL’s most electrifying receivers may find a new place to call home in 2017.

NFL vet Anquan Boldin to stump for Keith Ellison's Democratic National Committee campaign -
Boldin will spend the weekend in Atlanta trying to help Ellison win the DNC Chair.

Buccaneers Release Alterraun Verner
Veteran CB Alterraun Verner played three seasons in Tampa and had one year left on the contract he signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2014.

PFF: Grimes NFL's Best vs. Double Move
Pro Football Focus has graded Buccaneers CB Brent Grimes as the NFL's best corner against the double move.

Dalvin Cook is Draft's "Most Pro-Ready RB"
NFL Network's Bucky Brooks, Maurice Jones-Drew and Daniel Jeremiah talk about how good Florida State running back Dalvin Cook really is.

Bucs Release Veteran Cornerback | Pewter Report
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Bucs will release the cornerback Alterraun Verner on Thursday. The move will save the Buccaneers $6.5 million.

Cook's Bucs’ Battle Plan For The 2017 Offseason | Pewter Report
Mark Cook offers up his thoughts on what the Bucs' battle plan should be heading into the offseason, including free agency and the draft.

Minnesota Vikings, RB Adrian Peterson have not spoken about contract for upcoming season
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says the team and Adrian Peterson have not spoken about the running back's contract for the 2017 season.

Jameis Winston of Tampa Bay Buccaneers says he made 'poor word choice' in telling female students to 'be silent'
Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston says telling girls to "be silent, polite, gentle" during a speech to elementary school students was a "poor word choice."

Cutting Alterraun Verner latest in Bucs' failed free-agent signings - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
The Bucs released flailing cornerback Alterraun Verner and get back $6.5 million in salary-cap space.

Jones: Jameis Winston's pep talk to kids sends wrong message (w/video) | Tampa Bay Times
This is a story about a well-intended photo op that had some good in it and some bad. It involves Tampa Bay's most famous face, one of its most struggling schools, and perhaps a blind spot when it comes to how little boys and girls view the world and how the world views them.

Q&A with ex-Bucs CB Donnie Abraham, now coaching at Illinois | Tampa Bay Times
Former Bucs cornerback Donnie Abraham went straight from the NFL into coaching, working at a handful of Pinellas County high schools and then the last two years at IMG Academy in Bradenton. He took a big leap last week, joining Lovie Smith's coaching staff at Illinois, also reuniting with former teammate Hardy Nickerson, Smith's defensive coordinator. He took a few minutes this week to talk about his excitement for his new job. ...

Bucs Licht needs to duplicate free agent success of 2016 | Tampa Bay Times
Free agency can be the cubic zirconium of the NFL. Fool’s gold. The Bucs have experienced that many times over.

Bucs to release cornerback Alterraun Verner | Tampa Bay Times
The Bucs are releasing veteran cornerback Alterraun Verner, who was due to make $6.5-million this season but had fallen into a backup role behind Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves.