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Buccaneers sign top pick Howard, QB Fitzpatrick

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(TSX / STATS) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed tight end O.J. Howard, the team's first-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Howard, the 19th overall pick out Alabama, signed a four-year rookie contract with a fifth-year club option. Terms of the deal were not released but it is projected to be worth $11.2 million with about $6.2 million to sign, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Howard, 22, was the first of six players chosen by Tampa Bay in last month's draft.

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Vikings' Zimmer to miss OTAs after eighth eye surgery

(TSX / STATS) -- Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer will miss OTAs to take a "few weeks" away from the team after undergoing an eighth eye surgery last week.

General manager Rick Spielman announced Monday that Zimmer will take the time to focus on his health while organized team activities begin this week.

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Bears may move versatile OL Long again

(TSX / STATS) -- The Chicago Bears are considering moving versatile Pro Bowl offensive lineman Kyle Long for the third straight season.

The Bears may shift Long to left guard -- a position he hasn't played since college -- for the 2017 season and flip veteran Josh Sitton to the right guard spot, sources told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

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NFL notebook: Vikings' Zimmer undergoes eighth eye surgery

(TSX / STATS) -- Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer met with the media on Saturday and revealed he underwent another eye operation last week.

That's the eighth procedure for Zimmer since Halloween.

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Vikings coach Zimmer has eighth eye surgery

(TSX / STATS) -- Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer met with the media on Saturday and revealed he underwent another eye operation last week.

That's the eighth procedure for Zimmer since last Halloween.

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Chargers WR Inman undergoes core muscle surgery

(TSX / STATS) -- Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Dontrelle Inman underwent recent surgery to repair an injured core muscle and will be out until the start of training camp.

The Chargers' second-leading receiver in 2016 is expected to be out six weeks and miss the rest of the offseason work, according to multiple reports Saturday.

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Former Lions LB Wayne Walker dies at 80

(TSX / STATS) -- Wayne Walker, an All-Pro linebacker who spent 15 years with the Detroit Lions and was later a broadcaster for 20 years, has died at age 80.

The Lions announced Walker died Friday. In 2015, Walker said he had Parkinson's disease.

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NFL notebook: Brady's agent denies concussion

(TSX / STATS) -- The agent for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Friday his client did not suffer a concussion in 2016.

"Tom was not diagnosed with a concussion last year," agent Don Yee said in a statement to ESPN, NFL Network and other media outlets. "Many of the protocols and safeguards still are evolving, and it's obviously a good thing the organization and everyone close to him is vigilant and always looking out for his health."

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Cardinals sign fourth-round pick G Johnson

(TSX / STATS) -- The Arizona Cardinals signed guard Dorian Johnson to a four-year rookie contract on Friday.

Johnson was the team's fourth-round pick out of Pittsburgh in last month's NFL Draft.

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Colts sign third-round pick Basham

(TSX / STATS) -- The Indianapolis Colts signed outside linebacker Tarell Basham on Friday.

Basham, who was a third-round pick in last month's draft, recorded 158 tackles, a school-record 29.5 sacks and five forced fumbles during his 51-game career at Ohio University.

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