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Bucs get Giants DE Pierre-Paul for picks

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Sending two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to Tampa Bay for two draft picks gives the New York Giants much-needed salary cap space for 2019 and allows the Buccaneers to continue rebuilding a line that had the fewest sacks in the NFL last season.

With the unexpected trade announced Thursday, the Giants take another step in their rebuilding under new general manager Dave Gettleman and the Bucs upgraded their defense in a bid to end a decade-long playoff drought.

The Giants will get Tampa Bay's third-round pick (69th overall) in the draft in late April. The teams also will swap fourth-round picks, with the Bucs moving up to the 102nd pick and the Giants selecting 108th.


RB Gore agrees to join hometown Dolphins

MIAMI (AP) Rather than retire, Frank Gore is joining his hometown team.

The NFL's active rushing leader agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person confirmed the agreement to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal won't be final until Gore passes a physical.


S Reid not planning to kneel for anthem

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Free agent safety Eric Reid said Thursday he is not planning to protest during the national anthem this upcoming season.

Reid has been among the NFL's most visible protesters since former San Francisco teammate Colin Kaepernick decided not to stand for the national anthem in 2016.


Charges against Bills WR Jones declined

LOS ANGELES (AP) Prosecutors will not bring criminal charges against Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones after a naked, bloody argument with his brother in Los Angeles earlier this week.

Los Angeles prosecutors declined the case because of "insufficient evidence," district attorney's office spokesman Paul Eakins told The Associated Press on Thursday.


Backup QB Manuel re-signs with Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have re-signed backup quarterback EJ Manuel and signed free agent tackle Breno Giacomini.

The Raiders announced the moves on Thursday to bring Manuel back for a second season and to add a veteran to compete for the starting right tackle job.


Seahawks bring back top RB Davis

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks are bringing back running back Mike Davis after a strong conclusion to the 2017 season.

Davis signed his deal with the Seahawks on Thursday, reportedly a one-year contract. Davis was originally a restricted free agent but Seattle did not tender him, making Davis an unrestricted free agent. The 25-year-old chose a return to Seattle over looking for options elsewhere.


Falcons re-sign DE Shelby to 1-year deal

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed defensive end Derrick Shelby to a one-year contract.

The Falcons released the 29-year-old Shelby on March 2.


Vikings sign former Bears G Compto

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have signed guard Tom Compton.

The Vikings announced Thursday they have signed the former South Dakota offensive tackle who grew up in Minnesota.


Cowboys sign WR Thompson for 1 year

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Free agent wide receiver Deonte Thompson has signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

Thompson joined the Cowboys on Thursday, one day after veteran linebacker Joe Thomas agreed to a two-year deal and was their first acquisition since NFL free agency opened last week.


NFL recommends changes to catch rule

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) The NFL's catch rule would get less complicated if team owners approve recommendations from the powerful competition committee.

One of the first orders of business when the league's annual meetings begin Monday in Orlando, Florida, will be a proposal by the committee to clarify what is a catch. Commissioner Roger Goodell said during the week of the Super Bowl he would urge simplification of the rules.

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