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Kawann Short won't play under franchise tag after signing 5-year, $80 million deal with Panthers -
The talented young defensive tackle got out from under the franchise tag with a big payday.

Andrew Luck finally confirms recently repaired shoulder injury occurred in 2015 against Titans -
Luck finally fessed up to the nagging shoulder injury’s beginnings.

NFL prospect Chidobe Awuzie explains why he’s not your typical cornerback -
One of this draft’s top DBs says he loves to hit and play like a linebacker.

Christian McCaffrey is wisely declining private workouts with NFL teams -
The Stanford product is visiting with plenty of teams, but he has nothing to gain from private workouts.

Bengals’ Adam Jones goes off on reporter after question about his arrest -
Jones was arrested back in January, and told reporters he wouldn’t answer questions about the subject.

6 things to know about Ben Boulware, Clemson’s full-volume NFL sleeper -
The national champ’s defensive leader will make noise wherever he lands.

Patrick Mahomes’ stock is rising faster than anyone’s in the 2017 NFL draft -
The prolific Texas Tech QB is now a potential first-round pick.

Andre Johnson to sign 1-day contract and retire with the Texans -
The franchise’s best player ever is going to retire where it all started.

NFL draft grades 2017: How each team can ace (or flunk) the first 2 rounds -
Here’s who each team should pick in the first two rounds to earn an A — or an F.

2017 NFL mock draft: Christian McCaffrey jumps into the top 10 -
The Stanford running back can go high and it all makes sense.

Patrick Beverley was so intense against the Thunder that even J.J. Watt was impressed -
Watt was on hand to see Beverley take a big hit and still bring the heat.

Corey Davis might be the best receiver in the NFL draft, drops and all -
There’s something familiar about the Western Michigan product, says retired NFL defensive end Stephen White.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers pick up 5th-year option on WR Mike Evans
The Buccaneers have exercised the fifth-year option on WR Mike Evans' contract, the team announced Monday.

Doug Martin at start of Tampa Bay Buccaneers OTAs, 'looks great'
Suspended running back Doug Martin reported for the first day of the Buccaneers' offseason program on Monday and "looks great right now," general manager Jason Licht said.

Jameis Winston of Tampa Bay Buccaneers raves about training with Adrian Peterson
After training with free-agent running back Adrian Peterson, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston said, "You really know why he's great."

Martin working out alongside Winston, Jackson - ESPN Video
Bucs running back Doug Martin works out with the team for the first time since he entered a drug treatment program.

Watch: Best of Offseason Workouts, April 17
Highlights from the first day of Buccaneers offseason workouts.

NFL Draft: Running Backs to Watch
A few running backs to keep an eye on when the NFL Draft kicks off.

McCoy's Goal: Dominate in the Fourth Quarter
Already a five-time Pro Bowler and an unquestioned team leader, DT Gerald McCoy is working to become a dominant crunch-time performer and even more of a pace-setter for his team.

Watch: 1-on-1 with Jameis Winston
Team Insider Casey Phillips spoke to QB Jameis Winston on Monday after the first day of team offseason workouts.

Bucs Pick Up Option on Mike Evans
The Buccaneers made the obvious choice in exercising the fifth-year contract option on Pro Bowl WR Mike Evans, who they hope to keep in the fold for many years to come.

Watch: Press Conferences, April 17
Hear from GM Jason Licht, QB Jameis Winston, and DT Gerald McCoy.

Licht Sheds Light On The Process Of Bucs' Draft Season | Pewter Report
In his pre-draft press conference on the first day of OTAs, Bucs general manager Jason Licht explained what goes on for them during draft season.

McCoy: "I Haven't Done Enough To Lead This Team" | Pewter Report
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy spoke to the media on Monday and said he has re-evaluated his approach and said he hasn't done enough to lead.'s Bucs Monday Mailbag 4-17: RBs In Draft, LB Bond And More | Pewter Report began a new offseason feature last year, giving readers an opportunity to get their questions answered about the Bucs by the PR staff.

Winston Thinks FSU's Cook Will Be Gone Before Bucs Pick | Pewter Report
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston thinks Dalvin Cook, his former running back in Tallahhasee, will be gone before Tampa Bay is on the clock.

Pewter Report's 2017 RBs Draft Preview + Bucs' Best Bets | Pewter Report

Jones: Weekend begins best time of year for sports TV viewers | Tampa Bay Times
A comfortable recliner. A cold drink. A bag of chips. And a remote with fresh batteries. What else do you need this time of year?

Bucs want to make Mike Evans 'Buc for life' | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — The Bucs officially picked up the fifth-year option Monday on Pro Bowl WR Mike Evans, and general manager Jason Licht is optimistic he can work out a long-term deal.

Bucs' Gerald McCoy vows to change 'everything' | Tampa Bay Times
He heard it once. Then twice. Three different times.

Fennelly: Jameis, just avoid the Island of Misfit Toys (w/video) | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Jameis Winston arrived at One Buc Place on Monday for the start of the team's offseason conditioning program.Winston's optimism is Week 1 ready.