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Former ‘Nole Devonta Freeman hits the jackpot

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For the second time in the past two weeks, two former Florida State Seminoles have landed lucrative contract extensions to stay with the current teams. On Wednesday, Atlanta Falcons Pro-Bowl running back Devonta Freeman became the highest-paid running back in the NFL

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Move to Orlando seems to have bailed out annual Pro Bowl

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Did the move to Orlando save the NFL Pro Bowl? Maybe. The Pro Bowl was more competitive than in most seasons, and it was played in a sold-out stadium. The AFC won 20-13 after an interception by Washington’s Kirk Cousins late in the game. Tampa Bay Bucs’ defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had four tackles, two of them solo, and one of the NFC’s seven sacks. Everson Griffen had three sacks, and former Buc Michael Bennett had two. But the NFC could…

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Orlando hopes Pro Bowl puts city on sports map

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This city already draws more tourists than any other U.S. destination. Could landing the NFL’s underperforming Pro Bowl also make Orlando a major player in the competition to attract the biggest sporting events? Mayor Buddy Dyer is sure of it. “It’s a big deal for us. I think it helps us as we solidify our reputation as THE sports destination in the United States,” Dyer boasted after the NFL announced Wednesday that it will move the Pro Bowl to Orlando’s…

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Bucs’ Pro Bowler Logan Mankins set to retire from football

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Logan Mankins has blocked his last defensive tackle. Mankins, the Tampa Bay Bucs‘ Pro Bowl guard, has decided to retire, according to NFL.com and the Tampa Bay Times. “It is always difficult losing a player of Logan’s caliber both on the field and in the locker room,” said Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht. “He is one of the toughest, most intelligent and skilled players at his position that I have seen in my years around this game. Logan distinguished himself as…

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Jameis Winston gets his feet wet in NFL Pro Bowl Competition

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For all of the odd sights of the Pro Bowl, this one might be seen again. Jameis Winston in the pocket. Winston, the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Bucs,  threw for two touchdowns to help pad a big lead by Team Irvin in a 49-27 victory. Winston hit six of 12 passes for 133 yards. It was a nice first-ever game, hitting Tennessee’s Delanie Walker for 53 yards and a seven-yarder to  Texas’ DeAndre Hopkins. As Winston played, however, the game…

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5 Tampa Bay Bucs featured in what’s-leftover Pro Bowl

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It has happened: The meek have officially inherited the earth. The Tennessee Titans have two players in the NFL Pro Bowl. The Cleveland Browns have three. Each team won three games this season. The Tampa Bay Bucs have five players. The Oakland Raiders have six. Together, the teams won 13 games. The Dallas Cowboys have five players and won four games. The Dolphins have five players and won six games. Welcome to the Pro Bowl, where being an all-star doesn’t…

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Pro Bowl adds Bucs’ Lavonte David, Logan Mankins to game

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For a team that fired their coach, the Tampa Bay Bucs are threatening to take over the Pro Bowl. The Bucs added three players as Pro Bowlers in recent days, bringing their total to five. Considering that the Bucs won only six, that’s not a bad haul. Quarterback Jameis Winson became the first rookie quarterback in history to make the team from the Bucs. Also, linebacker Lavonte David and guard Logan Mankins are Hawaii-bound. The two will join running back Doug Martin…

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