That doesn't mean, however, that the Buccaneers have closed the door on the prospect of giving Incognito, one of the players at the center of the
After acquiring Mankins from the
"We try to not to talk about putting a period behind many things. Everything is ongoing. If a player is available out there, there's still possibilities,"
The deal came less than 24 hours after the Buccaneers met with Incognito to try to determine if the 31-year-old, who's coming off serving a suspension for his role in last season's bullying scandal, might be an answer to their problems at guard.
Smith described Incognito's visit as "informative," adding that the 2012 Pro Bowl selection with the Dolphins was able to answer "all of the questions I had" in the face-to-face meeting.
Incognito was cleared by the league Tuesday to play this season, according to multiple reports.
Mankins was a first-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2005 and has been selected for the Pro Bowl each of the last five seasons. He has appeared in two Super Bowls and started all 130 regular-season games and 17 postseason games he's played in during a nine-year stay with New England.
The Seattle Seahawks will forfeit two days of on-field mini-camp practices next off-season after being penalized by the league for excessive physical contact during their 2014 mini-camp.
Seattle was fined about $300,000, will be docked the first two days of its 2015 mandatory mini-camp and will be permitted one 2 1/2-hour practice on the final day. The mini-camp this past June was highlighted by a fight between All-Pro cornerback
Seattle also lost a pair of organized team activities during the 2012 off-season due to excessive contact.
Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden will miss at least the first six weeks of the season after being placed on the physically unable to perform list with a stress fracture in his right foot.
The move is the latest setback to Hayden since being drafted 12th overall in 2013 with General Manager
Hayden missed the entire off-season and part of training camp his rookie season recovering from abdominal surgery related to surgery for a near-fatal heart injury in college.
He started two of the eight games he played last season before having season-ending sports hernia surgery. He was overmatched when he did play, allowing 26 catches on 40 throws with him in coverage for 376 yards and three touchdowns, according to Pro Football Focus.
Meriweather to appeal
Coach Jay Gruden said Tuesday he hopes the team can get the
Thad Lewis is out and