Monday, June 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ravens lose free agent LBs

The Ravens are paying the price for winning a Super Bowl.

The NFL champions lost linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe, as free agency began Tuesday. On Monday, they traded star receiver Anquan Boldin, a key to their title run, to San Francisco, the team the Ravens beat 34-31 to win the Super Bowl.

Kruger went to AFC North rival Cleveland for a five-year, $40 million deal. Ellerbe headed to Miami for $35 million over five years. Kruger led the Ravens with nine sacks and added 2½ in the playoffs and two in the Super Bowl.

Steelers receiver Mike Wallace joined Ellerbe in choosing the Dolphins.

Also, Philadelphia released cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who two years ago got a five-year, $60 million contract.

Fitzpatrick cut: The Bills released quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick a day before he was due a $3 million bonus on a six-year, $59 million extension signed in October 2011.

Gonzalez staying: Tony Gonzalez, 37, has decided to return to the Falcons. The NFL's career leader among tight ends with 1,242 receptions and 103 touchdowns had said he was 95 percent certain he would retire after 2012. But on Tuesday, the 16-year veteran posted on Twitter: "The lure of being on such a great team and organization, along with unbelievable fan support was too good to pass up."

Broncos: Peyton Manning will be the team's quarterback through at least 2014. The four-time MVP's contract called for a guaranteed salary of $20 million in 2013 and 2014 if he was on the roster Tuesday.

49ers: The trade of backup quarterback Alex Smith to Kansas City was finalized. San Francisco gets the Chiefs' second-round pick, 34th overall, in this year's draft and a conditional draft pick in 2014.

Titans: Guard Steve Hutchinson, a five-time pro Bowl pick, retired after 12 NFL seasons.

Sanders case: A Texas jury gave Pro Football Hall of Famer and former FSU star Deion Sanders primary custody of his two sons pending his divorce. The Collin County jury also decided he and wife Pilar will have joint custody of their daughter. The children range from age 9 to 12.

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