Friday, December 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs re-sign linebacker Jonathan Casillas

TAMPA — The day before teams can open contact with free agents, the Bucs reached a deal to bring back one of their own, re-signing strongside linebacker Jonathan Casillas to a one-year contract.

Casillas, 26, joined the Bucs last year and established himself as a special teams standout with nine tackles (one shy of the team lead). He also started four games at linebacker and had 24 tackles and a forced fumble.

"Excited to be back in Tampa for another year!" he tweeted Friday. "#blessed like no other. The grind continues."

Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Two other Bucs who started games at strongside linebacker, Dekoda Watson and Adam Hayward, are free agents.

The Bucs return their two primary linebackers in Lavonte David (weakside) and Mason Foster (middle). They signed former CFL star Damaso Munoz last month and have Ka'lial Glaud back after limited playing time as a rookie.

Saints cut big name; another gone soon?

The Saints cut receiver Lance Moore, and the NFL Network reported running back Darren Sproles will be next if the team can't trade him.

Moore, 30, played nine seasons for New Orleans, including the team that won the Super Bowl in February 2010. Last season, he began to lose playing time to rookie Kenny Stills. Sproles, 30, has been with the Saints for three seasons.

Moore's release saves $3.1 million in salary cap space. Sproles' would save $3.5 million. The Saints, who previously cut linebacker Will Smith, cornerback Jabari Greer and safety Roman Harper, still must re-sign tight end Jimmy Graham, who on Friday tweeted his unhappiness: "Wow unbelievable. Shocked and disappointed on everything that's gone on this offseason."

Two QBs stay put

The Jaguars re-signed quarterback Chad Henne while quarterback Matt Cassel agreed to re-sign with the Vikings, the NFL Network and Associated Press reported.

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Henne, who will make $8 million over two years, will start. But he did not rule out using the No. 3 overall draft pick on a quarterback who would sit behind Henne.

Henne's return could mean the release of Blaine Gabbert, the 10th overall pick in 2011. Bradley said his status depends on what happens in the draft.

Cassel, reportedly agreed to a two-year deal. In nine games (and six starts after replacing former Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder) last season, he threw for 1,807 yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Bennett available: Defensive end Michael Bennett will not re-sign with Seattle because he wants to test the free agent market, espn.com reported. The ex-Buc had a team-high 8½ sacks.

Cardinals: Tight end John Carl­son cut by the Vikings last week, signed.

Cowboys: Backup center Phil Costa was cut and the contract of starting guard Mackenzy Bernadeau was reworked to get under the salary cap.

Colts: Punter Pat McAfee agreed to re-sign for five years.

Jets: Starting tight end Jeff Cumberland agreed to re-sign for three years.

Steelers: Receiver Antonio Brown agreed to restructure his contract, converting most of his $6 million of 2014 salary into a bonus paid this month. It saves about $4 million in cap space.

Titans: Defensive end Ropati Pitoitua, who last season had career highs of 91 tackles and four sacks, agreed to re-sign. Terms were not disclosed.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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