NFL Notes: Bryant McKinnie agrees to stay a Raven

NFL Notes: Bryant McKinnie agrees to stay a Raven
May 2, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Michael Vick and Lesean McCoy faced of in a 40-yard dash at the NovaCare Complex Thursday with Vick taking first place by a debatable margin (see story).

Also, the Eagles announced that their single-game tickets for the 2013-14 season will go on sale May 9 (see story).

Now, here are some stories from around the NFL:

McKinnie agrees to stay a Raven
Bryant McKinnie has decided to remain with the Ravens.

After joining Baltimore in 2011 and winning a Super Bowl with the Ravens last season, McKinnie looked at other teams as a free agent. But Thursday he agreed to a two-year deal to stay put.

The 33-year-old McKinnie is an 11-year NFL veteran who spent his first nine seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He joined Baltimore as a starter in 2011, but was a backup for most of last season. However, he started all four postseason victories at left tackle last winter as the Ravens won the NFL championship (see full story).

Redskins name still has national support
It's been a rough offseason for the Washington Redskins, and not just because of the knee injury to star quarterback Robert Griffin III.

The team's nickname has faced a new barrage of criticism for being offensive to Native Americans. Local leaders and pundits have called for a name change. Opponents have launched a legal challenge intended to deny the team federal trademark protection. A bill introduced in Congress in March would do the same, though it appears unlikely to pass.

But a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows that nationally, "Redskins" still enjoys wide support. Nearly four in five Americans don't think the team should change its name, the survey found. Only 11 percent think it should be changed, while 8 percent weren't sure and 2 percent didn't answer.

Although 79 percent favor keeping the name, that does represent a 10 percentage point drop from the last national poll on the subject, conducted in 1992 by The Washington Post and ABC News just before the team won its most recent Super Bowl. Then, 89 percent said the name should not be changed, and 7 percent said it should (see full story).

Sapp's number to be retired by Bucs
TAMPA, Fla. -- Warren Sapp is the newest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Ring of Honor.

The team formally announced Thursday that the four-time All Pro defensive tackle will be honored on Nov. 11 at Raymond James Stadium, a little over three months after Sapp is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Sapp will join Lee Roy Selmon, John McKay, Jimmie Giles and Paul Gruber in having his name displayed in the club's Ring of Honor, which was created in 2009. The club also said Sapp's No. 99 jersey will be retired during halftime of that night's nationally-televised game against the Miami Dolphins.

"His days on the field were headlined by incredible passion, overwhelming talent and, of course, his larger than life personality," Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer said. "His accolades and accomplishments peak for themselves."

The 40-year-old played nine seasons of a 13-year career with Tampa Bay, redefining what's known as the under tackle position and helping transform the Bucs from a laughingstock of the NFL into a Super Bowl winner (see full story).

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