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Tampa Bay Bucs release highly paid cornerback Alteraunn Verner

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Alteraunn Verner was still getting paid like star. His performance, however, was that of a backup. The two could not be reconciled, and so Verner was released by the Tampa Bay Bucs on Thursday. Verner, 28, signed a four-year, $25.5 million contract in 2014, but his play didn’t measure up. The last two seasons, Verner started only nine games, including three in 2016. However, he was due to make $6.5 million in the coming year, even though he had been…

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Bucs win another game, this time dumping the highly rated Seahawks

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Finally, the Tampa Bay Bucs are a team worth taking seriously. Finally, you can talk about the future, or the playoffs, or the progress, and not sound silly. Finally, they matter. The Bucs won their third straight game, and their second against a bona fide Super Bowl contender, with a 14-5 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. It was the team’s biggest win in, well, a week, since the team went into Kansas City and beat the Chiefs. The win could have been even…

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Tampa Bay Bucs ponder an NFL where they have a winning record

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Even to the players of the Tampa Bay Bucs, it sounds mesmerizing. A winning record? Them? This is the franchise that finished 2-14 last season. The team that lost its opener in embarrassing fashion. A team that hasn’t’ had a winning record since 2010. Yet, as the Bucs prepare to play the 0-2 Houston Texans, they have a chance to improve their record to 2-1. Really. “It would be huge,” said receiver Vincent Jackson. “Obviously, being 2-1 in this first…

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