South Notes: Lewis, Wisniewski, Winston

Former kicker Lawrence Tynes has filed a lawsuit against the Buccaneers stemming from his contraction of MRSA at the team’s facilities a couple of years ago, according to Albert Breer of (via Twitter). Tynes’ lawsuit alleges Bucs’ handling of the MRSA situation “ended his career and cost him over $20 million in expected future earnings” (link).

  • The Jaguars could create demand for Marcedes Lewis by converting some of his $6.65MM base salary into a bonus, Ryan O’Halloran of The Florida Times-Union writes. He adds that such a move would appear to be the best route for the Jaguars to acquire an extra late-round pick. Last month it was reported that the tight end was drawing trade interest. At the time, Jaguars GM David Caldwell told reporters that Lewis would “have to compete to be” with the Jaguars in 2015. Lewis, 31 in May, played in only eight games last season after suffering a high ankle sprain in September.
  • If the Titans signed Stefen Wisniewski, he’d compete with Brian Schwenke for the starting center job, and Paul Kuharsky of (on Twitter) posits that he could find a more clear-cut starting job elsewhere.
  • The Buccaneers need to win quickly and that’s why Jameis Winston will likely be their No. 1 pick over Marcus Mariota, Pat Yasinskas of writes. The Bucs have talked to more than 75 of Winston’s acquaintances while doing their homework. Before all is said and done, the scribe says that number could be closer to 100.
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