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Signing of DeSean Jackson puts Tampa Bay Bucs in NFL’s top half

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How much did the free-agent signing of DeSean Jackson help the Tampa Bay Bucs? Well, according to Bleacher Report, it vaulted them into the top half of the league. Bleacher Report did its latest power-rankings Friday, and the Bucs came in at No. 13. Not bad, when you consider that Super Bowl runner-up Atlanta was No. 12. “There are free-agent signings I really like. And there are free-agent signings I absolutely love,” wrote Chris Simms, the former Bucs’ quarterback. New…

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Bucs add speed, strength in free agency to try to improve their team

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The Tampa Bay Bucs, trying to improve their team for the coming season, have added strength and speed from the nation’s capital. The Bucs signed the defensive tackle and wide receiver DeSean Jackson Wednesday on the first day of free agency. The big catch, so to speak, is Jackson, who led the NFL last year with an average 17.9 yards per catch. He will immediately slot opposite Pro Bowler Mike Evans, and immediately promises to help the rest of the offense. Quarterback…

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NFL Free agent period the start to the answers for the Bucs

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The Tampa Bay Bucs need answers. At the moment, all they have are questions. What are they to do with Doug Martin? Who will be the wide receiver opposite Mike Evans? Is there help on the defensive line? Is there a safety? Another linebacker? Protection for quarterback Jameis Winston? The Tampa Bay Bucs enter their offseason when free agency begins Thursday. Between that harvest, and the draft, there is an opportunity for the 9-7 Tampa Bay team to get better.…

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Bucs’ backup Mike Glennon might face former team this year

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Mike Glennon may be leaving for a greener field. Still, he might not go far. Glennon, the Tampa Bay Bucs’ backup quarterback, has been offered a nice contract to remain the backup quarterback for Tampa Bay. However, with Jameis Winston running the huddle, playing time is the one thing the Bucs can’t offer to Glennon. That leaves, according to NFL Network, the Jets and the Bears in the lead for Glennon’s services. Both teams play the Bucs this season at…

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For many athletes, including Dwyane Wade, the final chapter is a tough one

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How much is loyalty worth? How many dollars? How many dimes? Take, for instance, the case was Dwyane Wade, who used to work for the Miami Heat? Today, there are a lot of people sighing at the image of Wade as a Chicago Bull after 13 seasons in the NBA. It’s easy to find opinions that the Heat should have offered more or that Wade should have taken less. They find it hard to imagine Wade, in his fading years…

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Dwyane Wade holds coach’s IQ in his hands

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Whitey Herzog is one of the all-time great managers in baseball history. Based on his success with the St. Louis Cardinals, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a master manipulator, but realized his players were even more responsible for his success. When his closer, Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter, left St. Louis in 1984, Herzog assessed the situation. “I just got 25 games dumber,” he quipped. Erik Spoelstra might be in the same position very…

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