TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers addressed a need to upgrade their struggling offensive line by obtaining six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins from the New England Patriots for tight end Tim Wright and a draft pick.
The deal Tuesday comes less than 24 hours after the Bucs met with Richie Incognito to try to determine if one of the central figures in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal might be an answer to their problems at guard.
General manager Jason Licht said he felt fortunate to obtain the 32-year-old Mankins but did not rule out the possibility of signing Incognito, too.
Cowboys’ Spencer on active roster
Dallas defensive end Anthony Spencer’s recovery from microfracture surgery on his left knee is coming along well enough for him to start the season on the active roster.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the former Bishop Luers and Purdue star wouldn’t be ready for the Sept. 7 opener against San Francisco but would avoid a six-week stay on the physically unable to perform list.
The 30-year-old Spencer said he hopes to return to practice within two weeks but can’t say when he’ll be ready for a game.
Around the league
Quarterback Brady Quinn said he was released by Miami. Trey Fitzhugh, the attorney for Josh Gordon, says the Cleveland receiver’s hearing on a drunken-driving charge in North Carolina has been rescheduled for November.
Detroit made a pair of waiver claims, acquiring former Miami tight end Michael Egnew and former Eagles fullback Emil Igwenagu.
New York Giants left guard Geoff Schwartz has a dislocated right big toe and will be in a walking boot for a week to 10 days. The Giants traded first-year kicker Brandon McManus to Denver for a conditional draft pick next year.
Minnesota defensive tackle Linval Joseph is on track to play in the season opener, less than a month after he was shot in the leg.
Washington safety Brandon Meriweather will appeal the two-game suspension for his latest helmet-to-helmet blow.
Buffalo signed quarterback Jordan Palmer, two days after he was cut by Chicago, and released quarterback Thad Lewis.
Oakland 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.
Seattle will forfeit two days of on-field minicamp practices next offseason after being penalized by the league for excessive physical contact during its 2014 minicamp.
The New York Jets suspended cornerback Dimitri Patterson for the rest of the preseason after he left the team for 48 hours without informing the team.
A judge has granted a request by former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to suppress evidence from two cell phones and three iPads taken from his home in a search during a 2013 murder investigation.