Monday, November 20, 2017
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Bucs GM Jason Licht says O-line job not done

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ORLANDO — Bucs GM Jason Licht has been busy remaking the offensive line, releasing G Davin Joseph and LT Donald Penn and trading C Jeremy Zuttah to the Ravens for a fifth-round pick in 2015.

"I think it was a win-win for both of us," Licht said of the Zuttah trade.

In their place will be Bengals LT Anthony Collins, Packers C Evan Dietrich-Smith and possibly G Jamon Meredith, who re-signed with Tampa Bay.

Licht said the Bucs haven't ruled out taking an offensive lineman with the seventh overall pick. He also said there could be a battle at the guard spots.

"I think that's going to be an open competition. I think we're going to go with who the best player is. I wouldn't rule us out of adding a tackle either," Licht said.

Licht said the Bucs have been pleased with the recovery of G Carl Nicks from foot surgery. Nicks played only two games last season.

"So far we've been pleased with his progression," Licht said. "He's continuing to rehab and we'll see where that goes.

Will he be ready for training camp?

"We certainly hope so," he said.

QUARTERBACK TALK: Bears free agent Josh McCown might be the starting quarterback, but the Bucs could add to that position in the draft.

"I think we're open to everything in the draft," Licht said. "We're always looking for best available player, best player regardless of position. We're happy with our quarterback situation, but that doesn't rule us out."

Around the league: Goodell and workplace

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL will meet April 8 with the players union to discuss improving the workplace environment in the wake of the Dolphins bullying scandal.

Goodell said at the league owners meetings that the focus is on medical evaluations of the players involved, including T Jonathan Martin, who left the Dolphins in the middle of last season, saying he was harassed by guard Richie Incognito. Martin was traded to the 49ers this month.

Monday, Incognito made a peace offering to Martin via Twitter, posting: "Call me on my cell phone. Love you brother."

Card guilty: Cardinals LB Daryl Washington, 27, pleaded guilty to charges that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend last year. Sentencing in Maricopa County (Ariz.) Superior Court is set for April 23.

Sharper case: A judge in Los Angeles again refused to release former All-Pro S Darren Sharper from jail, where the 38-year-old awaits trial after pleading not guilty to charges that he raped and drugged two women last year.

Extra picks: The Ravens and Jets each will get four compensatory picks in this year's draft for free agents they lost in 2013. Baltimore gets the 99th, 134th, 138th and 175th overall picks. The Jets will get slots 139, 209, 210 and 213.

Youth grant: The NFL Foundation is giving USA Football a five-year, $45 million grant to expand the Heads Up Football program that teaches safe tackling.

EAGLES: Days after losing QB Michael Vick to the Jets, the team is interested in signing former Jets starter Mark Sanchez, ESPN reported.

49ERS: Veteran special teams standout and wide receiver Kassim Osgood signed a new one-year contract.

RAIDERS: GM Reggie McKenzie confirmed that QB Terrelle Pryor asked to be traded or released. Profootballtalk.com reported that the request was made even before Oakland signed former Texans QB Matt Schaub.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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