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Bucs pick up new long snapper

TAMPA — For the first time in seven years, the Bucs are making a change at long snapper for noninjury reasons.

Tuesday, they signed Jeremy Cain, who likely will replace Andrew Economos. Economos, a free agent, had been the long snapper since 2007. He missed only seven games, all in 2011 with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Economos, 31, would have been the most tenured Bucs player had he returned. But Tuesday, agent Jack Real said that's unlikely. Then the Bucs signed Cain, who played for new coach Lovie Smith with the Bears in 2004-05 and since has played for the Titans, Jaguars and Bears again for two games last season.

Cain, 33, 6 feet 1, 245 pounds, played in high school at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale and college at UMass. He also plays linebacker with 21 tackles over eight seasons.

The Bucs also have Patrick Scales, who signed after the 2013 season. He has gone to training camp with the Ravens (2011-12) and Jets (2013) but never played in an NFL game.

More Bucs: Free agent receiver Louis Murphy, who played at Florida and St. Petersburg's Lakewood High, visited. He spent last season with the Giants and had six touchdowns for Oakland from 2009-11. Former USF cornerback Mike Jenkins, who visited Monday, visited the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Incognito tweets

Ex-Dolphins guard Richie Incognito made his first public comments since entering treatment in the wake of the team's bullying scandal, saying he looks forward to landing a spot with a team as soon as possible.

"I missed you guys," he wrote in one of several tweets sent late Tuesday night. "Thanks goes out to my family and friends for the tremendous amount of support."

Incognito is a free agent after not being re-signed by Miami.

Last month, police in Scottsdale, Ariz., said he told an officer he put several dents in the hood of his black Ferrari in an apparent tantrum. The reason for entering treatment was not disclosed.

Irsay treatment: The family of Jim Irsay said the Colts owner checked into a treatment facility two days after police said they found multiple prescription drugs in his car during a traffic stop. Irsay, 54, who acknowledged a painkiller dependency about a decade ago, faces preliminary charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Lorig to Saints: The Bucs lost free agent fullback Erik Lorig, who played 37 percent of the offensive snaps last season, to a four-year deal with the division-rival Saints. Lorig, 27, had limited touches with the Bucs during his four seasons — zero carries, 30 catches, including 11 for 47 yards last season — but was a key blocker. The Bucs tried to re-sign him before free agency began last week.

Penn to Raiders: Left tackle Donald Penn, 30, released by the Bucs on Thursday, landed with the Raiders, the NFL Network reported. Terms of the contract were not reported.

Bears: Receiver Earl Bennett was cut after, espn.com reported, he refused to take a pay cut. It saves $2.45 million in cap space.

Browns: Receiver Andrew Hawkins joined the team when the Bengals declined to match an offer sheet of four years and $13.6 million ($3.8 million guaranteed).

Falcons: Cornerback and kick returner Javier Arenas signed. Last season with the Cardinals, the graduate of Tampa's Robinson High had 12 tackles and one sack and returned 24 kickoffs for a career-high 21.4-yard average.

Giants: Receiver Mario Manningham, whose catch keyed the winning drive in the February 2012 Super Bowl, returned. He spent the past two seasons with the 49ers, for whom a torn ACL limited him to 18 games.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Bucs pick up new long snapper 03/18/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:07am]

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