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Bucs to use franchise tag on Donovan Smith for 2019 season

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According to reports, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have decided to use the franchise tag on left tackle Donovan Smith just days before the March 5th deadline. The deal will make him the fourth highest paid in the NFL at his position, which adds up to a total of $14.067 million for the 2019 season.

Beyond that, his future for the team is still in question despite the hope that both sides can agree on a long-term extension. Buccaneers GM Jason Licht danced around the question when asked about Donovan’s contract situation at the NFL combine last week.

“I don’t envision Donovan Smith being anywhere else but with the Bucs, at least for next year,” said general manager Jason Licht

The 25-year old, who was selected 34th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, has yet to miss a game in his professional career and has started for the team in all 64 of his appearances.

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Matthew Stafford hopeful to play again this season despite lingering back injury

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The Detroit Lions’ playoff hopes have all but completely slipped away as there 3-6-1 record puts them far behind the two NFC wild card spots heading into the final stretch of the season.

If there is any hope of them making a final push, they are going to need to get their starting quarterback Matthew Stafford back in the lineup. The 31-year old is dealing with a nagging back injury and hasn’t played since the team’s 31-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders on November 3rd.

Despite talks about him being shut down for the remainder of the season, Stafford reiterated that he is doing everything he can to get back on the field to help the team.

“I just know the work that I put into every season and I want to get as many chances as a I can to play with these guys as I possibly can” said Stafford.

“That’s really just how I think about it. If I’m healthy enough to go play, I’m going to go play.”

The 2009 first overall pick is in his 11th season with the franchise. He has recorded 187 pass completions for 2499 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games this season.

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Redskins name rookie Dwayne Haskins their starting quarterback for the remainder of the season

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The Washington Redskins are going with the youth movement for the rest of 2019.

The team announced that rookie Dwayne Haskins will be their starting quarterback for their seven remaining regular season games.

Haskins, who was selected 15th overall out of Ohio State in the 2019 NFL Draft, has appeared in three games including one start this season. He has completed 27 of 44 passes for 284 yards, and compiled 0 touchdowns and four interceptions during that span.

The Redskins (1-8) are losers of three straight games, and host the New York Jets following their bye week on Sunday.

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Panthers QB Cam Newton to meet with specialist over sprained foot

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Cam Newton’s foot injury is not recovering as expected, so the team and their star quarterback have decided to get a second opinion.

The Panthers confirmed that Newton will be visiting foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay to get a further understanding about the severity of his sprained foot.

The 30-year old hasn’t played since the team’s 20-14 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2 on September 12th.

The three-time Pro Bowler is in his ninth season with the franchise after being selected first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.

He has completed 49 of 88 pass attempts, thrown for 349 passing yards and accumulated two touchdowns in his two games this season.

The Panthers have gone 4-1 since he’s been out.

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