Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Any chance that DT Warren Sapp had of returning to the team seemed to evaporate Sunday when the team signed restricted free-agent DL Ellis Wyms to a six-year, $20 million contract. Wyms, who is capable of playing defensive end or tackle, will receive a $1.5 million signing bonus with minimum base salaries of $455,000 and $550,000 in 2004 and 2005. "It's important. We think he's a good player," coach Jon Gruden told the St. Petersburg Times. "Not only is he versatile, I'm excited what will eventually happen when we lock him in at one position. He's a guy that really raised a lot of hell in there for us and helped us win a Super Bowl. If he can stay healthy and squared and centered on one or two positions, I think he has a chance to be really good."
Indianapolis Colts: G Adam Meadows and DE Chad Bratzke will be released by the Colts in cost-cutting moves prior to March 3. "We'll re-visit the issue at some point down the road," team president Bill Polian told the Indianapolis Star. "In both cases, the issue (was) we couldn't possibly carry the contracts that they have." By terminating Bratzke's contract, the Colts will save $5.5 million against the cap, and will save $5 million by releasing Meadows. The team also is expected to terminate the contract of backup quarterback Brock Huard, who carries a '04 cap hit of $5.1 million. Huard's release will save another $5 million.
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