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Darrelle Revis Practices for First Time

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis on Thursday practiced for the first time since tearing his ACL 10 months ago.

The Buccaneers acquired Revis from the New York Jets this offseason in exchange for the 13th overall pick in April's draft.  Following the addition, the team and Revis agreed to a six-year deal worth $96 million.

"I've been looking forward to this since I've been here, so it's been awesome to be out there with my teammates," Revis said after practice on Thursday. "To be out there with the coaches and just do what I love doing, playing football."

Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano said that Revis looked good and plans to take it "day by day" with the Pro Bowler.

Revis did not wear a brace on his left knee and participated in 11 of the teams' 24 drills.

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Jets Place Santonio Holmes on PUP List 

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images (NEW YORK) --  The New York Jets will start training camp on Thursday without their top playmaker. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes was placed on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday. 

Holmes underwent foot surgery in October after a severe Lisfranc injury, missing the majority of the 2012 season.

He can be taken off the PUP list whenever he is medically cleared to practice.

Holmes is still hopeful he will play in the season opener on September 8 against old teammate Darrelle Revis and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"[We] definitely have to take our time, and I'll be ready to go when the bell rings," he said.

The 29-year-old Holmes has caught 358 passes for 5,507 yards and 35 touchdowns in seven seasons with the Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Buccaneers Sign Mike Williams to Six-Year Deal 

J. Meric/Getty Images(TAMPA) --  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have signed receiver Mike Williams to a six-year deal worth $40.25 million

"We are pleased to have Mike signed to a long-term contract that ensures he will continue to be part of the exciting young core of players we are building around," Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said Wednesday morning.  "Mike has earned this contract through his hard work and production the past three seasons and we are looking forward to seeing him continue that career development as a Buccaneer."

Williams was selected by the Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft. In three seasons he has 2,731 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns. 

The new contract will keep Williams with the Buccaneers through the 2018 season.

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49ers Acquire Cornerback Eric Wright From the Buccaneers

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- As if the San Francisco 49ers needed more help on defense, they recently acquired cornerback Eric Wright from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a conditional 2014 draft pick.

Wright's lone year in Tampa Bay did not go how either side expected. He played in 10 games last season, missing four games because of violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

To make matters worse, Wright was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence misdemeanor charge on July 12. The team had planned to release him, but found a trade partner in the 49ers.

"We are pleased to add Eric to our team," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. "As an organization, we have done our due diligence and anticipate Eric working hard to contribute to the 49ers."

Wright now joins a crowded 49ers secondary that includes Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown, Chris Culliver, and Nnamdi Asomugha.

With the Buccaneers trading Wright, it shows they are confident that cornerback Darrelle Revis is close to being fully recovered from a torn ACL injury that caused him to miss 14 games last season.

Rookie Johnthan Banks is expected to start opposite Revis in the secondary now with Wright gone.

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Buccaneers Sign Kicker Tynes to Replace Barth

Larry French/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed kicker Lawrence Tynes after finding out their original kicker, Connor Barth, will miss the entire 2013 NFL season with a torn right Achilles tendon.

Barth, who just received a four-year contract last offseason, was injured during a charity basketball game.

The 27-year-old Barth had surgery Monday and will be placed on the reserve/non-football injury list.

“We are disappointed to lose a productive player like Connor, but are very fortunate to be able to sign an experienced kicker at this time of year,” Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik said. “Lawrence and his agent, Ken Harris, had other standing opportunities, but we are pleased that they thought this was the right place for Lawrence to continue his career.”

Tynes has played nine seasons in the NFL. The 35-year-old has been part of two Super Bowl winning teams with the New York Giants.

Last season for the Giants, Tynes hit 33 of 39 field goal attempts and finished the year with 145 points, the second most in the NFL.

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Jets Sign Tight End Kellen Winslow Jr. To One-Year Deal 

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) --  After a three-day tryout, the New York Jets decided to sign tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. to a one-year contract.

Winslow is looking to resurrect his career after it has been derailed by leg and knee injuries.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan was impressed with Winslow throught the team's three-day minicamp.

"I see exactly what you see," Ryan said. "I see that athleticism, and his ability to catch the football jumps out."

The Jets are thin at the position after losing incumbent starter Dustin Keller to the Miami Dolphins in free agency.  Jeff Cumberland was the top tight end on the roster before the team signed Winslow.

Winslow was a first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns back in 2004.  He was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009, and has seen limited time with both the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.

Winslow has 438 career receptions for 4,848 yards and 23 touchdowns and could prove to be a valuable weapon in the passing game for either Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith.

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Safety Dashon Goldson Becoming a Leader in Tampa Bay

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed safety Dashon Goldson during the offseason for his All-Pro ability on the field.

Goldson spent his first six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and emerged as one of the best defensive backs in the NFL, earning NFL All-Pro honors in 2012. He wound up signing a five-year deal with the Buccaneers for $41.25 million. So far, it has been money well spent.

"He keeps those two young corners out there just working and no one asked him to do that, and that's just what veterans need to do," Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said. "I mean, you start looking at our veterans here now, guys like Dashon, and we have some that I can lean on and I think the organization can lean on and you need that, so I'm glad he's ours. He cares a lot."

In Schiano's first year in Tampa Bay, the team ranked first in the NFL in stopping the pass, but dead last in stopping the run.

The team's secondary is expected to be much improved after signing Goldston and trading for cornerback Darrelle Revis.

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Bears Trade OL Gabe Carimi to Buccaneers 

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images (CHICAGO) --  The Chicago Bears traded offensive lineman Gabe Carimi to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in-exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Carimi was a first-round draft choice of the Bears in the 2011 draft.  He had not been participating in the Bears' offseason program since the conclusion of the club's voluntary minicamp in April, but did plan to attend next week's mandatory minicamp.

After starting the first 10 games of the 2012 season at right guard, Carimi was replaced in the lineup by veteran Jonathan Scott.  He ended what would be his final season in Chicago by playing both guard and tackle.  Knee problems caused him to miss all but two games during his rookie season in 2011.

Carimi has two years left on a contract that guaranteed his base salary in the second and third years of the deal. The offensive lineman is scheduled to earn a guaranteed base salary of $1,016,458 in 2013.

He is expected to fly to Tampa on Monday to undergo a physical.

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Buccaneers Like What They've Seen from Rookie QB Mike Glennon

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though Josh Freeman has been the full-time starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the past three seasons, he might have some competition in rookie quarterback Mike Glennon.

The team selected Glennon in the third round of last month's draft, and has been praised by the team's coaching staff since. Head coach Greg Schiano recently went as far as to say he reminds him of Ravens Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco.

"It's not like we're looking to find a starter," Schiano said via Dan Pompei of the National Football Post. "But competition is competition. Mike Glennon is a fierce competitor. I knew that when he was coming out of high school. Now being able to work with him a little, you can see it on the practice field."

Schiano has also said that Freeman won't just be given the starting quarterback job.

Last season, Freeman threw for 4,065 yards but completed just 54.% of his passes and tossed just 17 touchdowns.

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Buccaneers DB Ronde Barber Retires

NFL via Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Ronde Barber announced his retirement on Thursday, after 16 seasons in the NFL.

The Bucs originally drafted Barber out Virginia in the third round of the 1997 NFL draft. In 241 games, he compiled 1,260 tackles along with 28 sacks and 47 interceptions.

“I love football,” said Barber. “I will always love football but football is just what I did. It’s not who I am and I am ready to move on.”

The 38-year-old Barber leaves an impressive legacy behind with the Buccaneers, leading the team in games started, interceptions, interception for return yards, non-offensive touchdowns and knocked down passes.  

He retires having captured the Vince Lombardi trophy in Super Bowl XXXVII.

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