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Greg Auman, Times Staff Writer

Greg Auman

Greg Auman has been at the Tampa Bay Times since 1999 and has covered the Bucs and the NFL since 2013. He covered the University of South Florida's athletic department from 2004-13.

Phone: (813) 226-3346

Email: auman@tampabay.com

Blog: Bucs Beat

Twitter: @GregAuman

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  1. Jameis Winston taking online classes toward degree at FSU

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    As part of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston's appearance at Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, he took questions from a panel of five young journalists from the "Manatee Messenger," the school's student paper. The kids came up with some fun questions that yielded some insightful and even newsy answers from Winston:

    -- Winston said he's taking classes online this spring to get closer to earning his degree from Florida State. He took some last summer and is doing so in spring and summer this year -- he later said he's still about 26 credit-hours short of his degree, but committed to getting it....

  2. NFL Draft Q&A: Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu

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    Our daily NFL Draft Q&A series continues (a bit late today) with Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu -- that's Henry William Obiajulu Melifonwu, one of the better names and better stories in the draft. His parents were born in Nigeria and moved to England, where he was born and lived until moving to the United States at age 3. He's a legit 6-foot-4 as measured at the Senior Bowl, with more ridiculous numbers, like 24 tackles in his last game and a 37-inch vertical. He took time to talk with us Wednesday ......

  3. Bucs QB Jameis Winston: 'I would love to have DeSean'

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    ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Tuesday that the Bucs were a "possible destination" for free-agent receiver DeSean Jackson, citing an "existing rapport" that he has with Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.

    Winston spoke briefly Wednesday afternoon after talking to students at Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg, and said he'd welcome Jackson as another weapon for the Bucs' passing game in 2017....

  4. Q&A with ex-Bucs CB Donnie Abraham, now coaching at Illinois

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    Former Bucs cornerback Donnie Abraham went straight from the NFL into coaching, working at a handful of Pinellas County high schools and then the last two years at IMG Academy in Bradenton. He took a big leap last week, joining Lovie Smith's coaching staff at Illinois, also reuniting with former teammate Hardy Nickerson, Smith's defensive coordinator. He took a few minutes this week to talk about his excitement for his new job. ......

    Donnie Abraham joined Lovie Smith's coaching staff at Illinois.
  5. Bucs reach settlement with Lawrence Tynes in MRSA lawsuit

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    The Bucs have reached a settlement with former kicker Lawrence Tynes, who had sued the team in 2015, seeking $20-million and claiming that their negligence regarding a MRSA infection ended his NFL career in 2013.

    According to Hillsborough County court records, Tynes and the team signed off Feb. 10 on paperwork to "jointly stipulate and agree to dismissal" of his lawsuit, which had progressed in the courts for two years and was scheduled for pre-trial conference in August....

    Lawrence Tynes never played for the Bucs, and didn't play again after his MRSA infection in 2013.
  6. NFL Draft Q&A: Arkansas DL Jeremiah Ledbetter

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    Our daily NFL Draft Q&A continues with Arkansas defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter, who grew up in Orlando but finished his high school career in Gainesville, Ga., and redshirted at junior college before landing with the Razorbacks. At 6-foot-3, 278 pounds, he's likely an end in the NFL but is strong enough to get a look inside as a three-technique as well. He took a few minutes to talk about his path to the upcoming draft. ......

  7. What should Bucs do at No. 19? Fans say RB, WR

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    The Bucs' official site offered up an online poll this week that has drawn more than 14,000 votes: What position should Tampa Bay address with their first-round pick, No. 19 overall, in April's NFL Draft?

    The answers are a good insight into what fans see as the team's biggest needs entering free agency: 37.8 percent answered "running back," now a major uncertainty with Doug Martin's suspension and potential release, and 32.0 percent answered "wide receiver," which is often seen as the team's most obvious match for the top pick....

    Tight end, where some mock drafts have paired the Bucs with Alabama's O.J. Howard, got only 2.7 percent of the votes in a Bucs fan poll.
  8. NFL Draft Q&A: Miami cornerback Corn Elder

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    Our daily NFL Draft Q&A continues with Miami cornerback Corn Elder, who faces size concerns entering the draft but made plays all over the field with the Hurricanes, including return touchdowns on a punt and kickoff return in 2015. He took a few minutes to talk about preparing for the draft and Miami's pro day in late March. ...

    Q: Where are you training to get ready for combine and your pro day?...

    Corn Elder made plays all over the field with the Hurricanes, including return touchdowns on a punt and kickoff return in 2015.
  9. Fastest ever to 100 sacks? It's not Simeon Rice

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    There's a lot of attention being drawn to false statements being made repeatedly by public figures, and the crucial role of journalists to set the record straight. Yes, I'm talking about ... former Bucs defensive end Simeon Rice claiming to be the fastest player ever to 100 career sacks.

    Rice has been vocal in complaining that he hasn't been seriously considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- he's been retired for nine years now, and has never been so much as a semifinalist (final 25), let alone the cuts to 10 or ultimately, five. And Rice has some statistics that certainly put them in the conversation. He just doesn't need to embellish them as he continues to do....

    Simeon Rice earned his 100th career sack on Dec. 5, 2004, in his 139th NFL game.
  10. Bucs raise season ticket prices for second straight year

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    TAMPA — After their first winning season in six years, the Bucs are making some of their fans pay more to see a game at Raymond James Stadium next season.

    For the second year in a row, the Bucs are raising season ticket prices for most seats, with increases as much as 20 percent for some upper- and lower-level seats.

    The team began a social media blitz advertising season ticket passes Saturday....

  11. Video: Bucs' Gerald McCoy vs. WWE's Seth Rollins in Madden

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    While in Orlando for the Pro Bowl a few weeks back, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had some fun shooting a 20-minute video with WWE star Seth Rollins, with the five-time Pro Bowler taking a Madden challenge and playing as the Bucs (and himself) against Rollins as the Bears.

    We don't want to give up the outcome, but McCoy gets pretty excited during the game, with a defensive touchdown and a close finish. McCoy's commentary -- on Bears QB Jay Cutler and teammates like Doug Martin and Will Gholston -- is worth your time. Rollins has faced off against other NFL stars like Travis Kelce before, and the back-and-forth between players and even spectators is half the fun....

    Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had some fun shooting a 20-minute video with WWE star Seth Rollins, with the five-time Pro Bowler taking a Madden challenge.
  12. NFL Draft Q&A: Oklahoma State DT Vincent Taylor

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    Our daily NFL Draft Q&A series continues with Oklahoma State defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, who had to leave New Orleans at age 11 due to Hurricane Katrina, his family moving to San Antonio, where he would return in his final college game as the Cowboys played in the Alamo Bowl. He declared early for the NFL draft as a redshirt junior, but will have his degree in May and stopped to talk to us about his draft prep ......

  13. Sports in Brief

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    EX-BUC Seferian-Jenkins REACHES Plea deal

    Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, cut by the Bucs in September after his arrest in Tampa on a charge of driving under the influence, reached a plea agreement Wednesday, pleading no contest to a lesser charge of reckless driving, according to court records.

    Seferian-Jenkins, who now plays for the Jets, agreed to 12 months of probation, 50 hours of community service, a $500 fine, and he must attend a DUI prevention class, according to the agreement. ...

  14. Ex-Bucs TE Seferian-Jenkins reaches plea deal on DUI charge

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    Former Bucs tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, cut by Tampa Bay in September after his arrest on a charge of driving under the influence, reached a plea agreement Wednesday by pleading no contest to a lesser charge of reckless driving, according to court records.

    Seferian-Jenkins, who now plays for the New York Jets, agreed to 12 months of probation, 50 hours of community service, a $500 fine and must attend a DUI prevention class, according to the plea agreement. A second charge of failing to obey restrictions ordered by the court, relating to not using an ignition interlock device on his car, has been dropped as part of the agreement....

  15. NFL Draft Q&A: Stanford safety Dallas Lloyd

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    Our daily NFL Draft Q&A series continues with Stanford safety Dallas Lloyd, who took a two-year mission before college, shifted from quarterback to safety and got advice from other Cardinal position-changers like John Lynch and Richard Sherman. He has good size at 6-3, 209 pounds and had five interceptions as a senior, and he took a minute from classes at Stanford to talk about his path to the draft ......