Tuesday, January 23, 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.

Comments
Q&A: Ex-Bucs RB Warrick Dunn on Brooks, Winston, Ring of Honor

Q&A: Ex-Bucs RB Warrick Dunn on Brooks, Winston, Ring of Honor

Former Bucs running back Warrick Dunn will be reunited with Derrick Brooks — his teammate both at Florida State and with the Bucs — when they work together Sunday as "Legends" captains for the NFC squad in Sunday's Pro Bowl in Orlando."Wh...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Oh Gahd, the Patriots are back in the Super Bowl! Don’t worry, lots of new story lines for LII vs. E-A-G-L-E-S

Oh Gahd, the Patriots are back in the Super Bowl! Don’t worry, lots of new story lines for LII vs. E-A-G-L-E-S

TAMPA – Unless you are a Chowd who drives the cah wicked fah and pahks in the yahd, you probably aren't all that jacked up about the Patriots returning to Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis. Anybody but Bill Belichick...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Patriots, Eagles bring plenty of local ties to Super Bowl

Patriots, Eagles bring plenty of local ties to Super Bowl

The Bucs aren't playing for a Super Bowl, and the game itself won't come to Tampa for three more years. But there's no shortage of cool local connections and ties on the Patriots and Eagles' rosters. You've already heard some of these stories, and yo...
Published: 01/22/18
Lessons of another Belichick-Brady Super Bowl

Lessons of another Belichick-Brady Super Bowl

TAMPA — Next victim, please.Shouldn't we just start penciling the Patriots into the Super Bowl before every season?It would save us a lot of time.Mind you, the rest of the NFL is fighting Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and this foregone conclus...
Published: 01/22/18
Crisco, dune buggy and a face-plant: Fired-up Philly fans take to the streets

Crisco, dune buggy and a face-plant: Fired-up Philly fans take to the streets

PHILADELPHIA — Not even a coat of Crisco on light poles across the city could keep Philadelphia Eagles fans from scaling new heights in celebrating their team’s first Super Bowl appearance in 13 years and setting up a rematch with the AFC champion N...
Published: 01/22/18
Eagles blow out Vikings to win NFC title

Eagles blow out Vikings to win NFC title

PHILADELPHIA — Confetti filled the air, fireworks erupted overhead, and fans sang "Fly, Eagles Fly!" No one dared head for the exits. There was too much to celebrate.The Eagles are going to the Super Bowl.The makeshift podium hadn’t taken space on Ph...
Published: 01/21/18
Updated: 01/22/18
Patriots rally past Jaguars to return to Super Bowl

Patriots rally past Jaguars to return to Super Bowl

Published: 01/21/18
Jones: Saluting CBS, honesty and goats (not to be confused with GOATS)

Jones: Saluting CBS, honesty and goats (not to be confused with GOATS)

Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.Best coverageThe best football broadcast I’ve ever seen was Super Bowl XLIII. That was NBC’s coverage of the Steelers’ last-minute victory over th...
Published: 01/21/18
Shrine Game journal: USF players’ thoughts are with grieving QB Quinton Flowers

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

ST. PETERSBURG — USF had expected to have four former players in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field, but QB Quinton Flowers had to miss the showcase game after learning that his grandmother had died late last week."I most definitely ...
Published: 01/20/18
Late score gives West victory over East in Shrine Game

Late score gives West victory over East in Shrine Game

ST. PETERSBURG — With less than a week to install a playbook, offenses can have it tough in college showcase games.And for 58 minutes on Saturday in the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field, the teams combined for just one offensive touchdown.But...
Published: 01/20/18