Saturday, January 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ex-Buc Josh Freeman joins Giants

Former Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman agreed to terms with the Giants to provide insurance as starter Eli Manning, recovers from ankle surgery, according to several media reports.

Freeman, 26, was cut by Tampa Bay in October after a messy split, which included reports that then-coach Greg Schiano leaked that Freeman was participating in the NFL substance-abuse program. Schiano denied the reports. Freeman signed with the Vikings four days after his release but played just one game.

That happened to come against the Giants, when he went 20-for-53 for 190 yards and one interception in a 23-7 loss.

The 17th pick in the 2009 draft, Freeman started 59 games for the Bucs. He threw for 3,451 yards and 25 TDs with six interceptions in 2010. He would compete with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib to back up Manning, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle last Thursday.

Jets add Chris Johnson

NEW YORK — The Jets signed former Titans running back Chris Johnson, who was released by Tennessee on April 7. He met with the Jets all day Tuesday, the first team he visited. In a text message to the Associated Press, Johnson confirmed it was a two-year deal.

Johnson, 28, played six years for the Titans and was one of the NFL's fastest and most exciting backs. The Orlando native and former 2,000-yard rusher will team with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell in a potentially deep backfield.

KELLY'S PLANS: Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly plans to celebrate Easter at home in suburban Buffalo before returning to New York to resume treatments for sinus cancer.

SHARPER CASE: An Arizona detective said that the DNA of former All-Pro safety Darren Sharper was found in an examination of one of two women who accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them last year at a Tempe apartment.

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Shrine Game journal: USF players’ thoughts are with grieving QB Quinton Flowers

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Happy 15th anniversary to the greatest play in Bucs history: Ronde Barber shuts down the Vet

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Fifteen years ago today, cornerback Ronde Barber made what's considered the greatest play in Bucs  history, returning an interception of Eagles' quarterback Donovan McNabb 92-yards for a game-clinching touchdown in a 27-10 win in the NFC Championship...
Published: 01/19/18
Jameis Winston shares MLK’s message: Don’t lose infinite hope

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Greatest moment in Tampa Bay sports history happened 15 years ago today

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Happy Friday, Tampa Bay.Fifteen years ago today, Ronde Barber intercepted Donovan McNabb to shut down Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium and send the Bucs to the Super Bowl. Times columnist Tom Jones and many others consider this the greatest moment in ...
Published: 01/19/18
Rick and Tom podcast: Super Bowl berths on the line

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In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones look back at last week’s playoff games to break down the upcoming conference championship games.Rick and Tom agree that New England should roll over Jacksonville but disagree on Minnesota-Philadelphi...
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Rick and Tom podcast: What does it mean when Bucs GM cringes at expectations?

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Published: 01/18/18