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Bucs notes: Morris unapologetic about lockout contact

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 02:22 AM
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris' illegal contact resulted in a fine by the NFL, but not any remorse.

According to multiple reports, Morris was fined $250,000 for illegally contacting players during the lockout. Morris previously acknowledged speaking to TE Kellen Winslow and CB Aqib Talib despite knowing he was prohibited from having any contact with players.

When asked about the fine on Monday, Morris was unapologetic.

"It's something that we already addressed during the offseason," Morris said. "We talked about the call to Kellen, when I told him congratulations for having his baby. A lot of people don't know that situation, but it was tough for him to have one, and for his wife and for his personal family life, and we'll deal with that at another time.

"I'd do it again if I had to … call Kellen Winslow, whether there was a lockout or not."

Morris also talked with Talib after Talib was arrested in Texas in March, Morris said. Talib is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, accused by police of firing shots at his sister's boyfriend and trying to hit him with a handgun.

"All the situations, whatever the case may be, for whatever reason, I made five calls," Morris said. "It is what it is. The punishment's been dealt, or it has been dealt. We'll see. We'll deal with it."

Bucs transactions

Tampa Bay promoted DE George Johnson to the active roster from its practice squad and waived TE Collin Franklin. The Bucs also put S Devin Holland (back) on injured reserve.

Holland played in the team's first four games and recorded two special teams tackles.

Johnson was on Tampa Bay's active roster for the final three games last season after being promoted from the practice squad. He was inactive in each game.

Waving the yellow flag

Bucs players have seen yellow flags thrown in their direction more than most NFL teams.

Tampa Bay was penalized nine times for 96 yards during its 48-3 loss against San Francisco on Sunday. The Bucs have been penalized 44 times for 360 yards, second in the league behind Oakland, which has been flagged 50 times for 445 yards.

"We had a couple of uncontrollable ones (Sunday)," Morris said. "…You've got to do something to taper some of those things."

Morris, who received a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, believed his penalty was unnecessary.

"Whether it was right or whether it was wrong, I think it was a misconception," Morris said. "I think we kind of figured that out at the end of the day, me and the official talking. It was an emotional moment for him. I told him it should not have been emotional for him. It should have been emotional just for me.

"I was just simply stating the fact of what their guys were doing. I think it was kind of misconstrued the wrong way and he threw a 15-yard penalty."

Anwar S. Richardson

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