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Daily Bucs Links: Franchise tags galore

Here's your open thread for today.

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Panthers use franchise tag on Kawann Short even after Josh Norman mess last year -
A year ago, Carolina rescinded the tag on Norman and let him walk, but that didn’t deter the team from tagging Short.

Le’Veon Bell won’t hit free agency after getting franchise tag from Steelers -
The dual-threat running back is staying in black and gold.

Eric Berry and the Chiefs are headed for a showdown -
Berry said he will not play under the franchise tag in 2017, even though Kansas City is expected to use the tag on the Pro Bowl safety for the second year in a row.

Dwight Freeney will ‘most likely’ return for his 16th NFL season -
After a disappointing Super Bowl loss, the veteran defensive end is going to give things another go.

49ers GM John Lynch is open to trading the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft -
The new 49ers GM wants what is best for the franchise, no matter what.

Jason Pierre-Paul gets franchise tag from Giants again 2 years after fireworks accident -
New York wants the star edge rusher back opposite Olivier Vernon.

Mike Mayock says this is one of the best defensive drafts he’s seen -
It’s great news for teams looking to bolster that side of the ball.

How the Vikings-Colts coin flip will decide the 2017 NFL draft order -
The Vikings’ and Colts’ opponents finished with an identical 126-130 combined record in 2016.

Cowboys met with Darron Lee at last year's combine to get a scouting report on Joey Bosa -
There was virtually no chance Lee was being drafted by Dallas at No. 4.

Chargers solidify pass rush by giving Melvin Ingram the franchise tag -
The Chargers keep one of the best pass-rushing duos intact.

Bill Polian calls Terrell Owens a ‘cancer’ who doesn't deserve to be in the Hall of Fame -
Owens responded to the comments quickly.

2017 NFL mock draft: What 1st rounders need to do at the combine -
This week’s mock is all about finding flaws in the first 32 picks

Antonio Brown becomes highest paid WR in NFL after signing extension with Steelers -
AB’s big payday has come.

Vote: What Should the Bucs do at No. 19?
The Buccaneers have the 19th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Which position should the team use it on?

Buccaneers Mock Draft Roundup, 6.0
NFL Draft analysts weigh in on the Buccaneers' No. 19 pick.

Bucs at the Combine: 5 Memorable Moments
From a coin flip to a fullback's 40, the NFL Scouting Combine has produced some interesting storylines for the Buccaneers through the years - presented by Florida Hospital.

Pewter Report's Bucs Monday Mailbag 2-17: Martin's Release, Trade Ups and More | Pewter Report
Each week's Mark Cook answers your submitted questions about the Bucs. You can have your question answered by asking on Twitter

Bucs should focus on explosive weapons for offense at combine
The Bucs could use help at receiver, tight end and running back to continue on their upward trajectory.

Bucs tender WR Adam Humphries, 3 others for 2017 | Tampa Bay Times
Exclusive-rights free agents are something of a formality in NFL transactions, as all a team must do to retain an ERFA is tender a one-year, league-minimum contract.

Bucs' Brent Grimes earned $1-million in playing-time incentives | Tampa Bay Times
If there were any questions about Brent Grimes' durability when he signed with the Bucs last spring, he answered those during the 2016 season, and now has a cool $1-million to show for that.