Make us your home page

Bucs Beat

Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Mahan signs with Steelers



   Not really a good weekend for the Bucs brass.

   Free agent guard Sean Mahan reached an agreement Saturday with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The five-year deal is worth $17-million and includes a signing bonus believed to be about $4-million, according to

    Mahan, who started 36 games in four seasons at guard and center for the Bucs, also visited Cleveland and Seattle and had been talking with the Bucs.

   Meanwhile, Falcons free agent fullback Justin Griffith reached an agreement with the Oakland Raiders. Griffith, a true west coast offense fullback, was the first player to visit Tampa Bay when the signing period began.

   The Bucs want to take four fullbacks to training camp and have two on their roster - Mike Alstott and B.J. Askew.

   And in case you missed it, Jake Plummer held an impromptu press conference in Denver to reaffirm that he was retiring. Seriously. Not much doubt about it.

   ""I wanted to come in and tell you guys on camera and face-to-face that the speculation can stop tonight,'' Plummer said Friday from the Denver Athletic Club. ""You can know by the looking in my face and hearing my words that I am retiring frrom the NFL. At 32 years old, I'm running away from the game. Not in fear or fright, but health-wise. I'm healthy. I'm happy. I have a lot to look forward to in my life.''


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:44pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours