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Tampa Bay Buccaneers hire Earnest Byner as running backs coach

TAMPA — The Bucs have hired Earnest Byner as running backs coach, the Tampa Bay Times confirmed Sunday.

Byner, 49, spent the past two seasons as the Jaguars running backs coach (including for Maurice Jones-Drew's league-high 1,606 yards this past season). New coach Mike Mularkey did not retain him.

Previously, Byner was running backs coach for the Titans from 2008-09 (including for Chris Johnson's 2,000-yard season in 2009) and the Redskins from 2004-07.

Byner played 14 years in the NFL, spending time with the Browns, Redskins and Ravens.

Manning to Seattle? The Seahawks have emerged as a possible destination for quarterback Peyton Manning, the National Football Post reported. The Colts must pay him a $28 million roster bonus on March 13 or release him. Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has one year left on his contract with Seattle.

Bills: The team and Stevie Johnson, its leading receiver the past two seasons, are far apart on contract talks, the Associated Press reported. He can become a free agent next month.

Eagles: Cornerback Asante Samuel believes he might be traded. The four-time Pro Bowl pick tweeted Saturday night, "If they trade me where would you guys like to see me go?" Philadelphia also has standout corners in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha. General manager Howie Roseman said, "We're always open to phone calls and to seeing if something works."

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers hire Earnest Byner as running backs coach 02/19/12 [Last modified: Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:45pm]

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