Sunday, February 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs name Spytek as director of player personnel

TAMPA — The Bucs added one of the NFL's best talent evaluators from the Super Bowl champion Broncos.

John Spytek, a national scout for the Broncos, agreed to terms to become the Bucs director of player personnel. Spytek, 35, replaces Jon Robinson as the right-hand man for Bucs general manager Jason Licht. Robinson was hired as the Titans GM.

A former Michigan linebacker, Spytek has nine seasons of personnel experience in the NFL. In his three seasons as the director of college scouting for Cleveland (2010-12), the Browns produced six PFWA all-rookie players and drafted four players who went on to made the Pro Bowl in 2013.

Spytek and Licht once worked together for the Eagles. Spytek served as a college/pro scout for Philadelphia from 2007-09 after starting his personnel career as an intern with the Eagles in 2005 and a full-time college scouting assistant in 2006.

John and Kristen Spytek started the National CMV Foundation after their 21-month-old daughter, Evelyn, died in 2014 following a necessary surgery as a result of the disease.

Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is common and typically harmless to the general population. But it can cause severe brain damage to babies infected before birth. CMV affects one in 150 children born each year in the United States. Of those 30,000, one in every five born with congenital infections will develop permanent health problems. CMV can present a host of birth defects, including hearing loss, mental disability and vision problems.

"We were devastated," John Spytek said in a story published on the Broncos website. "When you're dealing with a virus that attacks the brain, that's not treatable stuff. That's long lasting. That's permanent. We did what we could."

Three weeks after Evelyn's death, the Spyteks had a healthy baby boy named Jack.

Ex-Bucs OL arrested

TAMPA — Cosey Coleman, a starting guard on the Bucs' 2002 Super Bowl championship team, was arrested Monday morning and charged with felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery.

Coleman, 37, was released Monday on $15,000 bond after being arrested at a Tampa residence at 11:30 a.m.; he had previous arrests on charges of domestic battery in 2002 and 2008.

Coleman played the first five of his seven NFL seasons with the Bucs and the final two with the Browns before his career ended in 2006 with 92 starts.

Hernandez settles suit: Former Florida tight end and NFL player Aaron Hernandez settled a lawsuit filed by a friend who says Hernandez shot him in the face. The Boston Globe reported that attorneys for Alexander Bradley said in documents filed Friday in federal court in Miami that the suit was settled. Terms weren't disclosed. Bradley sought damages for injuries he suffered in a February 2013 shooting after he and Hernandez left a Miami strip club. Hernandez, 26, is serving a life term for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

Bears: Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson was named wide receivers coach and Rutgers offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ben McDaniels was named an offensive assistant. McDaniels is a former Bucs offensive assistant.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.

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