NFL: Buccaneers trade for Mankins
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers upgraded their struggling offensive line, trading for six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins instead of offering a contract to free agent Richie Incognito.
That doesn’t mean, however, that the Bucs have closed the door on the prospect of giving one of the players at the center of the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal a chance to resume his career.
After acquiring Mankins from New England in exchange for second-year tight end Tim Wright and an undisclosed draft pick, coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht said Incognito remains an “option” if they decide to make more changes to an overhauled line that will begin the regular season with four new starters.
Seattle violated minicamp rules
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks will forfeit two days of on-field minicamp practices next offseason after being penalized by the league for excessive physical contact during their 2014 minicamp.
The league confirmed the penalties on Tuesday. ESPN.com first reported the violation and that Seattle would be fined $300,000 for the infractions.
Seattle will be docked the first two days of its 2015 mandatory minicamp and will be permitted one 2ﾽ-hour practice on the final day. Seattle’s players will be paid for all three days of the camp. The minicamp this past June was highlighted by a fight between All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and wide receiver Phil Bates that was caught by television cameras.
Seattle also lost a pair of organized team activities during the 2012 offseason due to excessive contact.