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  Buccaneers | Nick Folk pushing Roberto Aguayo    Fri May 26, 10:04 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Nick Folk connected on all five of his field goal attempts during OTAs Friday, May 26, and Roberto Aguayo made at least four of his five attempts.

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  Buccaneers | Justin Evans contract details    Fri May 26, 07:32 PM

Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Justin Evans' four-year contract is worth $5.199 million. The deal includes a $1.921 million signing bonus.

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  Buccaneers | Justin Evans signs deal    Thu May 25, 04:26 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Justin Evans signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, May 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Buccaneers | O.J. Howard contract details    Wed May 24, 06:26 PM

Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard's four-year contract is worth $11.094 million. The deal includes a $6.208 million signing bonus.

Footballguys view: Howard has the size/strength/speed combination to be a force on the football field. The Bucs picked him in the first round with the idea that he could be a big part of the passing game. Howard is a mismatch every time he steps onto the field, but the targets are going to be split between WRs Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, Howard and fellow TE Cameron Brate. The potential TEBC could hold back Howard's fantasy potential in 2017.

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  Buccaneers | Tamp Bay signs two more rookies    Tue May 23, 05:15 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jeremy McNichols and LB Kendell Beckwith signed their four-year rookie contracts Tuesday, May 23. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: McNichols is a good all-purpose back who will work himself into the mix. He's a good pass-catcher and efficient with his movement as a runner. McNichols is competing for touches behind Doug Martin with guys like Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay signing Stevie Tu'ikolovatu    Tue May 23, 04:56 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Stevie Tu'ikolovatu is signing his four-year rookie deal Tuesday, May 23. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Buccaneers | Charles Sims taking part in OTAs    Tue May 23, 03:07 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (shoulder) practiced during organized team activities Tuesday, May 23, after being cleared to practice Monday, May 22. Sims underwent shoulder surgery sometime this offseason.

Footballguys view: It's a good sign for Sims who was knocked out late last year with this injury. The team has a collection of RBs, and with Doug Martin suspended the first three games of the year we could see Sims worked into the mix. He'll compete for touches with Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Jeremy McNichols.

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  Buccaneers | Doug Martin working with first team    Tue May 23, 11:56 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has been working with the first-team offense in organized team activities Tuesday, May 23.

Footballguys view: Even though Martin is suspended the first three games of the year, he can workout with the team from now through training camp. He can even play in preseason games, but once the regular season starts he will be away from the facility. During that time, the Bucs should feature a RBBC with guys like Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims and Jeremy McNichols.

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  Buccaneers | O.J. Howard signs rookie deal    Mon May 22, 12:41 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard signed his rookie four-year contract Monday, May 22. All first-round picks have options for a fifth year.

Footballguys view: Howard was arguably the best at his position in this historic class of tight ends in the 2017 NFL draft. He's big, fast and physical...basically a nightmare in waiting for linebackers or safeties tasked with covering him. Bucs QB Jameis Winston loves to throw to the tight end, and Howard gives him a big time weapon to target. Howard will split time with Cameron Brate, and that split will lessen his fantasy impact.

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  Buccaneers | Roberto Aguayo ready for competition    Sun May 21, 04:16 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Roberto Aguayo said he is ready to compete with PK Nick Folk for the kicker job during training camp and the preseason.

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  Buccaneers | Sean Renfree waived    Fri May 19, 08:20 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Sean Renfree was waived Friday, May 19.

Footballguys view: With the addition of Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Bucs didn't need another arm on the roster. Renfree was interesting for deep dynasty owners coming out of Duke as a seventh-round pick in 2013, but his time in the NFL is likely coming to a close.

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  Buccaneers | More on Ryan Fitzpatrick's deal    Fri May 19, 07:19 PM

Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's one-year deal could be worth as much as $5 million based on incentives, according to a source.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay did not consider Colin Kaepernick    Fri May 19, 04:28 PM

Free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick (49ers) was not considered as an option for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they decided to sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, according to a source.

Footballguys view: We could see Kaepernick wind up in Seattle as a backup behind Russell Wilson. The Bucs wanted a veteran to compete with Ryan Griffin to be the backup behind Jameis Winston.

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  Buccaneers | Ryan Fitzpatrick terms    Fri May 19, 11:13 AM

Updating an earlier report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick received a one-year, $3 million deal.

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  Buccaneers | Ryan Fitzpatrick signs with Tampa    Fri May 19, 10:14 AM

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) has agreed to an undisclosed contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, May 19.

Footballguys view: When they lost Mike Glennon (Bears) in free agency, the Bucs had only Ryan Griffin as the primary backup to Jameis Winston. Fitzpatrick certainly wasn't "Fitzmagic" last year with the Jets...in fact, he was downright horrible. He'll compete with Griffin to wear a ballcap and hold a clipboard in 2017.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Evans pumped for DeSean Jackson    Thu May 18, 09:19 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans said it will be 'awesome' to play with WR DeSean Jackson, and he believes they 'could be one of the best tandems in the league.'

Footballguys view: Evans is a tremendous receiver and Jackson - even if the current version is a shadow of the younger one - should draw sufficient attention to give Evans more room to produce yards and touchdowns. Add in another year of experience for Jameis Winston and Evans' value continues to trend upward.

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  Buccaneers | Jacquies Smith officially signs tender    Thu May 18, 01:40 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent DE Jacquies Smith officially signed his tender Thursday, May 18. Smith had previously drawn interest from the San Francisco 49ers, which is why he had not yet signed the tender.

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  Buccaneers | Jacquies Smith should be ready for season    Wed May 17, 04:27 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Jacquies Smith (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 season. Smith suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 1 last season.

Footballguys view: The Bucs are hopeful that Smith can regain his form as a pass-rusher and work back onto the field as an important rotational player. Smith had 6.5 sacks in 2014 and 7.0 in 2015. Due to make almost $2 million this year, Smith will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

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  Buccaneers | Jacquies Smith signs tender    Wed May 17, 04:24 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent DE Jacquies Smith signed his one-year tender offer Wednesday, May 17, and is scheduled to make around $1.8 million.

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  Buccaneers | Cameron Brate will remain involved    Mon May 15, 10:08 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate will still remain a 'very valuable part of the offense,' which was a sentiment the team has emphasized repeatedly after drafting TE O.J. Howard.

Footballguys view: We'll take them at their word, but fantasy owners need to realize how cramped the weapons are around QB Jameis Winston. Even if Brate is still involved, the team is going to still get the ball to Mike Evans...plus they added WR DeSean Jackson in free agency...and oh yeah, they selected Howard with their first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. Brate had a breakout season in 2016 and finished the year as the 6th-highest ranked TE in standard scoring leagues. He'll be hard pressed to break into the top 15 this year in a TEBC.

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  Buccaneers | Big year coming for Noah Spence?    Sat May 13, 10:18 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Noah Spence said he has put on more muscle but weighs about 10 pounds less than last season, and DT Gerald McCoy said Spence is ready for a 'breakout year' while DE Robert Ayers said Spence could be a '15-plus sack guy' this season.

Footballguys view: Spence has amazing upside as a pro, and we could see him as a double-digit sack guy for multiple years in the NFL. He fell to the second round of the 2016 NFL draft due to character concerns from back in his days at Ohio State. Spence transferred to Eastern Kentucky and has stayed on the right path since then.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay signs Robert McClain    Tue May 9, 03:03 PM

Free-agent CB Robert McClain (Chargers) was signed to a one-year deal by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, May 9.

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  Buccaneers | Cameron Brate ready for OTAs    Sun May 7, 08:43 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (back) said he has been fully recovered for more than two months and will be able to participate in OTA workouts without limitations when they begin.

Footballguys view: Brate faces more competition for targets this year. The Bucs added WR DeSean Jackson in free agency, and they selected TE O.J. Howard in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. Brate finished last year as the 6th-best fantasy tight end (in standard scoring leagues), and he is unlikely to match that sort of production in 2017.

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  Buccaneers | Jeremy McNichols the total package    Sun May 7, 08:25 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jeremy McNichols is a 'very well-rounded guy' with 'three-round value,' according to general manager Jason Licht, and Licht also praised McNichols for his pass protection.

Footballguys view: McNichols is a no-nonsense runner with the vision to find the right lane. He's more quick than fast, but he does have good burst to and through the hole. In addition to his ability as a runner, McNichols can be split out wide and work as a legitimate receiver too. The Bucs backfield is a bit jumbled right now (Doug Martin, Charles Sims, Jacquizz Rodgers), but we'll be monitoring McNichols in dynasty leagues to see if he can develop into a starting option.

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  Buccaneers | O.J. Howard making quick transition    Sun May 7, 08:14 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard 'can do everything' a tight end needs to do, head coach Dirk Koetter said after the first day of rookie minicamp, and Howard said the similarities between Koetter's offense and the system he ran in college has helped make the transition easier.

Footballguys view: Howard can do everything, but will he finally play up to his massive potential? During his college career at Alabama, Howard only had two big games....but both were against Clemson in National Championship Games. He was relegated to blocking in a run-heavy scheme for most of his time in college, but the potential as a receiver was always there. This may have been the best tight end class in NFL history, and Howard may be the best of the bunch.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay not expected to add Riley Cooper    Sun May 7, 05:16 PM

Free-agent WR Riley Cooper (Eagles) is not expected to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after he participated in the team's rookie minicamp as a tryout basis.

Footballguys view: Cooper did not get any interest last year as he was out of football. The Bucs brought him in on a tryout basis, but it looks like he's not going to be there much longer.

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  Buccaneers | Kendell Beckwith could start as rookie    Sun May 7, 04:28 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Kendell Beckwith appears to have a chance to start at strongside linebacker in 2017 if he is healthy.

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  Buccaneers | Kendell Beckwith may be ready for camp    Sun May 7, 04:15 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Kendell Beckwith (knee) did not participate in the team's rookie minicamp because he is still recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament but expects to be ready for training camp.

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  Buccaneers | Sefo Liufau shows off arm    Sun May 7, 12:14 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Sefo Liufau showed better arm strength and mechanics than QB Alex Snyder during drills at rookie minicamp Friday, May 5.

Footballguys view: Liufau was known as a tough leader during his time in college at Colorado. He struggled mightily at the Senior Bowl earlier this year, and he has to be considered no more than a camp arm at this time.

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  Buccaneers | Chris Godwin struggles with drops    Sun May 7, 12:11 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin struggled with drops during drills at rookie minicamp Friday, May 5, and he admitted afterwards to being nervous.

Footballguys view: Godwin is the type of player who can make dynamic catches above the rim. He's also known to drop too many easy passes. That looks like something that's followed him to the pros. As he gets less nervous with more experience, we expect Godwin to impress. He's a dynasty prospect we're monitoring closely.

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  Buccaneers | Bobo Wilson stands out in drills    Sun May 7, 12:04 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Bobo Wilson was able to create separation from defensive backs during drills at rookie minicamp Friday, May 5, and he was one of four players given a chance to return punts.

Footballguys view: Wilson is a shake and bake slot receiver who can work as a return man as well. His routes need work as he'll too often rely on juke moves rather than crisp cuts and great footwork. Wilson is a player to monitor in super deep dynasty leagues.

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  Buccaneers | O.J. Howard dominates at camp    Sat May 6, 12:16 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard played on the line of scrimmage and in the slot at rookie minicamp Friday, May 5, and he was uncoverable in 11-on-11 drills, according to beat writer Scott Reynolds.

Footballguys view: That sounds like what Howard did at the Reese's Senior Bowl earlier this year. He's big, fast and physical but his lack of production at Alabama (only 2 games with more than 85 yards receiving...both against Clemson) is something that stands out given his natural talent. We know QB Jameis Winston loves to throw to the TE, and Howard gives them yet another weapon in the passing game...and he could stand out as a red-zone threat. Howard will split time at tight end with Cameron Brate.

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  Buccaneers | Riley Cooper trying out with Tampa Bay    Fri May 5, 01:27 PM

Free-agent WR Riley Cooper (Eagles) is participating in minicamp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a tryout basis.

Footballguys view: Talk about your out of nowhere news items! Cooper was out of the league last year as the Eagles let him go in February of 2016 and he generated zero interest on the open market. The Bucs added WR talent through free agency (DeSean Jackson) and the draft (Chris Godwin), but Cooper might do enough to stick around for the offseason.

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  Buccaneers | Doug Martin OK after accident    Thu May 4, 05:14 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin suffered minor cuts and bruises as a result of a car accident Thursday, May 4, according to a report from the Tampa Police Department.

Footballguys view: Looks like Martin will be fine and we can go down to DEFCON 3. We feel like Martin could bounce back this year as the offense overall looks much more potent. Martin has a current ADP of RB22 (5.10) in 12-team PPR leagues even though he's going to miss the first three games of the year due to suspension.

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  Buccaneers | Bucs waive two players    Mon May 1, 07:52 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Kivon Cartwright and C Ben Gottschalk were waived Monday, May 1.

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  Buccaneers | Three UDFAs join Tampa Bay    Mon May 1, 07:51 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed undrafted free-agent TE Antony Auclair (Laval), Thomas Sperbeck (Boise State) and WR Bobo Wilson (Florida State). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Buccaneers | Jordan Westerkamp to Bucs    Mon May 1, 10:39 AM

Undrafted free-agent WR Jordan Westerkamp (Nebraska) was invited to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' rookie camp on a tryout basis.

Footballguys view: Some in the scouting community have compared Westerkamp to Willie Snead (Saints). Like Snead, Westerkamp is not a burner but he's a refined route runner with the quickness to create separation at the stem of the route. He's a UDFA to monitor in super deep dynasty leagues.

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  Buccaneers | Jeremy McNichols should be ready for camp    Sun Apr 30, 10:51 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jeremy McNichols (shoulder) had surgery on a torn labrum after the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine but should be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay signs Sefo Liufau    Sat Apr 29, 07:51 PM

Undrafted free-agent QB Sefo Liufau (Colorado) signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday, April 29. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Buccaneers | Jeremy McNichols drafted by Bucs    Sat Apr 29, 02:56 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Boise State RB Jeremy McNichols with the No. 162 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Saturday, April 29.


  Buccaneers | Cameron Brate still in the plans    Sat Apr 29, 12:48 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate is a 'heck of a player' and will still be involved in the offense despite the addition of TE O.J. Howard, according to general manager Jason Licht. 'In our offense and a lot of offenses in today's day and age, you have two tight ends,' Licht said.

Footballguys view: The Bucs now have quite the group of pass catchers for QB Jameis Winston. They added WR DeSean Jackson in free agency, and now they get the best tight end in this class with the selection of Howard. They'll have to figure out a way to get Mike Evans, Jackson, Howard and Brate the ball in 2017. Any TEBC is bad for Brate's fantasy stock.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay adds Kendell Beckwith     Fri Apr 28, 11:44 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected LB Kendell Beckwith with the 107th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.

Footballguys view: Played well the last few years on some good LSU defenses. Is physical inside, but lacks good coverage skills and the athleticism to excel in that area.


  Buccaneers | Chris Godwin drafted by Tampa Bay    Fri Apr 28, 10:39 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected WR Chris Godwin with the 84th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.

Footballguys view: Now your buddies in your fantasy league can yell GODWIN'D every time Chris Godwin scores against you. Be smart and draft Jameis Winston because with this lineup - Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, OJ Howard, Godwin - he might throw for a billion yards. Give or take a few thousand.


  Buccaneers | Bucs select Justin Evans    Fri Apr 28, 08:38 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Texas A&M S Justin Evans with the No. 50 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.

Footballguys view: Evans hits hard, early and often. He isn't as big as you want, but he makes up for it in energy, speed and skill. He also has good athleticism and ball skills. This is a solid addition to this defense.


  Buccaneers | Doug Martin impressing    Fri Apr 28, 08:20 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has been the most impressive player in training thus far, according to a source.

Footballguys view: He heard footsteps behind him and acted accordingly. Martin has shown tremendous ability before, the question is whether he can reach those heights again. He'll have competition even if the Bucs don't grab another back in the draft from here on out and will have to carry this momentum into training camp to grab the lead back position.

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  Buccaneers | O.J. Howard selected by the Buccaneers    Thu Apr 27, 10:32 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Alabama TE O.J. Howard with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday, April 27.

Footballguys view: Well you can sell your Cameron Brate stock. Howard is an athletic freak and a great move tight end. He didn't quite live up to expectations at Alabama, but with a little seasoning he should be a big weapon for Jameis Winston, especially with Mike Evans attracting defenses.


  Buccaneers | Bucs 'really like' Dalvin Cook    Tue Apr 25, 11:46 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers 'really like' Florida State RB Dalvin Cook and will 'strongly consider' him if he's still on the board at No. 19.

Footballguys view: Cook would be reunited with Jameis Winston and add explosiveness from the backfield that the Bucs lack. It would be a good fantasy destination. If the Bucs don't take Cook, he could fall out of the first round.

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  Buccaneers | Ali Marpet working on new position    Sat Apr 22, 10:14 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Ali Marpet said he is preparing for his trial at the center position by snapping the ball to anyone who will catch it, including QB Jameis Winston.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay eyeing Samaje Perine?    Fri Apr 21, 09:49 PM

Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine said the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have shown the most interest in him.

Footballguys view: The Bucs are looking at running back with the future of Doug Martin (suspended the first three games of the year) up in the air. Perine is likely to be a second or third round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. He reminds us of Michael Turner (former Falcons starter) because of his power, quickness and ability to grind down defenses or gash them with a big play.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Evans' option picked up    Mon Apr 17, 12:09 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans had his fifth-year option exercised Monday, April 17.

Footballguys view: An incredibly easy decision here for the Bucs. Evans has been one of the most productive receivers in the league since 2014, and he's only getting better at just 23 years old. We should see him become one of the league's highest-paid wide receivers before his current contract is up after 2018.

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