John Lynch to retire a Buc -- sort of
UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: This is rather bizarre, but now we've learned the Broncos will be a part of Monday's ceremony, too. According to ESPN, the Broncos will send representatives of their organization to Tampa after their game in Atlanta on Sunday. They, too, will participate in the retirement proceedings, which effectively means Lynch will retire as a Buc and Bronco.
2:01 p.m.: John Lynch's career has come to an end, and he will make it official here in Tamp, where he spent 11 of his best seasons.
The Bucs have announced the nine-time Pro Bowl selection will announce his retirement in a news conference Monday at One Buc Place.
Lynch won't technically sign a one-day contract to retire as a Buc, so to speak, but his decision to announce his retirement here speaks volumes about his relationship with the team given his unceremonious exit from Tampa Bay in 2003.
We understand a Mike Alstott-like tribute is being planned for Monday afternoon. We'll bring you all the details as they unfold.
Lynch was released by the Broncos before the season and promptly signed with the Patriots, with whom he visited Tampa Bay for a preseason contest. But roster constraints prompted New England to cut Lynch just prior to the season, leaving him no place to play.
Lynch ranks second in NFL history in Pro Bowl selections among safeties, trailing only Hall of Famer Ken Houston (10 selections). Lynch figures to get much consideration for Canton, too.