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Tampa Bay Buccaneers name Butch Davis special assistant to the head coach

TAMPA — Butch Davis officially came aboard as the Bucs special assistant to the head coach.

His role, however, is not as clearly defined.

"Butch has been a close friend and mentor of mine going back to our time together at Miami. I am excited to have his extensive football background and knowledge on board," Bucs coach Greg Schiano said in a statement. "He has had success on every level, and I know he will be a huge asset, not only to me, but to the entire Buccaneers organization."

Davis, 60, went 24-35 in nearly four seasons with the Browns, resigning under pressure in 2004. He failed to duplicate the success he had as coach with the Miami Hurricanes, where Schiano was his defensive coordinator from 1999-2000.

After his only stint as an NFL coach was met with mixed results, Davis was named University of North Carolina coach in 2007. He was fired just before the start of the 2011 season when the football program was found to have committed multiple NCAA rules violations.

Because of his $2.7 million settlement with UNC, Davis cannot coach.

But he apparently will assist Schiano in a "wide range of football aspects."

In 30 years of coaching, Davis, has been a part of teams that have earned a 240-153-2 overall record, two Super Bowl championships, five playoff appearances, one NCAA national championship, 14 bowl game appearances, seven bowl game victories and 10 AP Top 25 finishes.

"This as a terrific opportunity to be a part of what Coach Schiano is building in Tampa Bay," Davis said in a statement. "It is an honor to be here to help Greg and the Buccaneers in any way I can."

CAP ROOM: Because the NFL collective bargaining agreement lets teams roll over remaining salary cap room into the next season, the Buccaneers have the second-most cap room space in the league with $60.496 million.

The 2011 cap was $120.375 million and the 2012 ceiling is expected to be roughly the same. The precise figure, based on league revenues, should be released in a week or two.

The Bucs have the second-most cap space in large part because they had $23.519 million of carryover cap money from 2011.

Pro Football Talk notes that under Article 13, Section 6(b)(v) of the CBA, "each team may carry over any remaining cap room from one year to the next by submitting written notice, signed by the owner of the team, to the league office no later than 14 days before the start of the next league year. The written notice must indicate the maximum amount of cap room that the team wishes to shift from one cap year to the next.''

The new league year begins March 13, which means notices must be submitted by Feb. 28. Currently, the Chiefs have $62.995 million after budgeting $24.014 million from the 2011 season.

Moss plans return

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Randy Moss once said, "I play when I want to play."

Six months after retiring, the veteran NFL wide receiver wants to play again.

Moss announced on a webchat on his 35th birthday that he's planning a comeback.

Agent Joel Segal wouldn't go into his client's available options.

"Randy and I have discussed it," Segal said of Moss coming out of retirement. "He still has his fire and he's looking forward to playing football. He's excited."

Moss posted on his Twitter page: "Now back to biz!! There's good an bad an u have to b ready for both! its in gods hand now."

Moss retired last August, compiling 14,858 receiving yards and 153 touchdowns in 13 seasons. He last played in 2010 with the Patriots, Vikings and Titans.

DRUG ARREST: Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas, 23, is facing a misdemeanor drug possession charge after West Virginia police said they caught him driving the wrong way on a one-way street and found marijuana in his car.

BENGALS: Former Jets assistant Mark Carrier was named defensive backs coach.

COWBOYS: Joe Baker, who spent the past three seasons as a Bucs defensive assistant, was named assistant secondary coach.

JAGUARS: Former Cardinals executive Mark Lamping was named team president. Lamping spent the past four years as president and CEO of MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

JETS: Karl Dunbar was named defensive line coach after he served in the same position for the Vikings the past six seasons.

PACKERS: Ben McAdoo was moved to quarterbacks coach and Jerry Fontenot to tight ends coach and Alex Van Pelt was named running backs coach.

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