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  Buccaneers | Bobby Rainey signs tender    Fri Apr 24, 06:42 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent RB Bobby Rainey signed his one-year tender offer Friday, April 24. Rainey will make $1.542 million in 2015.

Footballguys view: Rainey is a reserve runner with little dynasty value. He'll fill in once in a while as a change-of-pace back, but we've never been overly impressed with his ability to be anything more than a spot starter or backup.

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  Buccaneers | TB interested in Adrian Peterson?    Thu Apr 23, 06:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be of interest to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports.

Footballguys view: Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, recently posted a picture on social networking that featured him sitting in a chair--Peterson jersey behind him--wearing a Buccaneers hat. Tampa has the first-overall pick in the draft, but we can't imagine them giving that up--even for a talented back like Adrian Peterson. He's reinstated by the league, but where Peterson plays in 2015 is still a mystery.

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  Buccaneers | Bucs management agrees on quarterbacks    Mon Apr 20, 06:18 PM

Tampa Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said he and general manager Jason Licht are 'in total agreement' of their ranking of draft-eligible quarterbacks. Smith said the whole organization is in agreement.

Footballguys view: We're expecting Jameis Winston (Florida State) to be the first pick in the draft. The Buccaneers need a franchise quarterback, and Winston has the best arm talent in this draft class. He's a much more polished quarterback than Marcus Mariota (Oregon), but off field concerns could/should give the Buccaneers pause when considering Winston.

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  Buccaneers | Bucs gathering info on Jameis Winston    Sun Apr 19, 08:47 PM

Florida State QB Jameis Winston's background has been researched closely by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and according to the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers communicated directly with assistant state attorney Georgia Cappleman, who did the majority of the work regarding the claims made by Erica Kinsman against Winston.

Footballguys view: The Buccaneers have to find out as much about Winston as they possibly can before the draft. On the field, Winston is the best quarterback in this class and he reminds some in the scouting community of Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers). Off the field, character and immaturity concerns remain. We still believe Winston is going to be the first-overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Buccaneers | Chase Tenpenny cut    Thu Apr 16, 02:09 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers P Chase Tenpenny was released Thursday, April 16.

Footballguys view: The Bucs, like most teams, figure they can find a punter almost anywhere. They aren't wrong and could need the roster space for someone else.

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  Buccaneers | George Johnson trade update    Wed Apr 15, 02:34 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions DE George Johnson and a seventh-round draft choice have been acquired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a fifth-round draft choice.

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  Buccaneers | George Johnson acquired    Wed Apr 15, 08:29 AM

Detroit Lions DE George Johnson was acquired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, April 15. Tampa signed Johnson to an offer sheet that was disputed by Detroit, but the sides swapped undisclosed draft picks to settle it.

Footballguys view: Johnson was a journeyman pass-rusher his first four years in the league. Last season he had a career-high six sacks with the Lions...the first six sacks of his career. Now, he's going to be with the Buccaneers. Expect the NFLPA to look into this snafu and trade.

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  Buccaneers | Analyst predicts Marcus Mariota to Bucs    Mon Apr 13, 09:20 AM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is slated to be selected first in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to ESPN's Ron Jaworski. 'The latest I'm hearing now from my sources around the league, who are pretty wired in, is that he's going to go number one now to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,' said Jaworski.

Footballguys view: Oh please not again. Mariota has been talked about quite a bit during April....the time when there's a lot of misdirection being tossed about. Yes, he COULD be the first pick overall, but there's also been speculation that he could fall to the Eagles at 20. At this point, we don't trust much of what we hear...about any player. Mariota has a ton of question marks as a pro passer, and it would be somewhat surprising for him to be taken first overall.

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  Buccaneers | Damarious Randall visiting Tampa Bay    Thu Apr 9, 11:00 PM

Arizona State SS Damarious Randall is visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, April 12.

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  Buccaneers | Doug Martin has backer in Lovie    Thu Apr 9, 08:18 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has a supporter in head coach Lovie Smith. Smith said the team hasn't 'seen the true Doug Martin yet.' Smith also said RB Bobby Rainey is the current starting punt returner.

Footballguys view: The tenor on Martin is positive publicly, but the Bucs are rumored to love Charles Sims and were also mentioned in connection with some big RB names that were possibly available. Martin's fifth-year option decision is coming up after the draft. It's a paltry 5.621 million, so if it isn't a yes, that will be telling. Then again, the Saints declined Mark Ingram's option last year and ended up re-signing him for less on a per year basis.

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  Buccaneers | Offensive line a focus for draft    Thu Apr 9, 06:47 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said the team will focus on offensive linemen in the NFL Draft this year.

Footballguys view: They sure as heck need it. The Buccaneers offensive line was a travesty to the phrase 'offensive line' last season. No matter who their quarterback is--Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Mike Glennon, Fozzy Bear--they need help keeping him upright.

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  Buccaneers | Larry Dean signs with Tampa    Thu Apr 9, 10:36 AM

Free-agent LB Larry Dean (Bills) signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, April 9.

Footballguys view: Dean is a special teams guy who played under Leslie Frazier in Minnesota a few years back. That's likely all he'll be doing for Frazier in Tampa Bay as well.

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  Buccaneers | George Johnson signed to offer sheet    Tue Apr 7, 10:20 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed restricted free-agent DE George Johnson (Lions) to a three-year offer sheet Tuesday, April 7. Financial terms are undisclosed.

Footballguys view: The Lions have five days to match the offer. If they don't, the team will receive no compensation for losing Johnson.

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  Buccaneers | Will host several WR prospects    Tue Apr 7, 05:47 PM

Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett, Duke WR Jamison Crowder, Georgia WR Chris Conley, South Florida WR Andre Davis, Air Force WR Connor Dietz and Florida State WR Christian X. Jones will all be involved in pre-draft workouts and visits for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Footballguys view: Lockett is a player we'd like to highlight here. Behind Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, the Bucs have plenty of question marks at wide receiver. Lockett could be a fine slot receiver in the pros. He's ultra-quick, fast and sudden in and out of his breaks. Lockett is a big play waiting to happen, and he's also a fantastic kick/punt returner. We could see Lockett coming off the board in the second- or third-round of the draft.

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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston to work out for TB    Tue Apr 7, 01:19 PM

Florida State QB Jameis Winston will be put through a private workout by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, April 8, after already visiting at the team's facilities.

Footballguys view: We'd be shocked if Winston wasn't their pick at number-one overall. Winston reminds us of Ben Roethlisberger with his skill set, and sometimes looks like Jay Cutler because of his decision making. He comes with some off-field baggage, but the talent on the field is undeniable. Winston is supremely confident in his ability, and the Bucs need a franchise quarterback in a bad way.

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  Buccaneers | Marcus Mariota works out for Bucs    Tue Apr 7, 01:18 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota had a private workout for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, April 7. Head coach Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter were among the team officials that traveled to the workout.

Footballguys view: It's nice that Mariota is working out for the Bucs, but we'd be floored if he was the first-overall pick. At the end of the day, Mariota is a bigger project than some think. The offense at Oregon had him in the shotgun all day throwing to mostly wide-open receivers. Mariota needs to learn how to work from under center, go through his progressions quickly as a he drops back and show the ability to consistently make stick throws between defenders.

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  Buccaneers | Lawrence Tynes files lawsuit    Mon Apr 6, 05:04 PM

Free-agent PK Lawrence Tynes (Buccaneers) has filed a lawsuit against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in regards to a MRSA outbreak a couple years ago.

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  Buccaneers | Adrian Amos works out    Mon Apr 6, 06:31 AM

Penn State S Adrian Amos recently worked out for Tampa Bay Buccaneers safeties coach Mikal Smith in advance of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Amos is a smart player who does a good job of recognizing routes as they unfold in front of him. Athletic and rangy, Amos can cover deep and can be utilized as a slot corner if needed. He struggles in run defense, and Amos should be a fifth- or sixth-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Buccaneers | Jorvorskie Lane to re-sign    Fri Apr 3, 03:47 PM

Free-agent FB Jorvorskie Lane (Buccaneers) will sign a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Footballguys view: Lane played in nine games for the Bucs last year before a broken leg ended his season. He'll come back to play fullback and blast open holes for the ground game in 2015.

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  Buccaneers | Ben Gottschalk signs    Thu Apr 2, 05:41 PM

Free-agent C Ben Gottschalk (Chiefs) signed an undisclosed deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, April 2.

Footballguys view: Gottschalk competed in the NFL veteran combine last month, and he did enough to attract attention from the Buccaneers. He will compete for a reserve roster spot with Josh Allen and Jeremiah Warren.

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  Buccaneers | Sign Emmanuel Ogbuehi    Thu Apr 2, 05:11 PM

Free-agent TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi (Ravens) signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, April 2. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Ogbuehi (6-2, 230) worked out as a fullback as well as tight end, and he participated in the veteran combine last month. The former Georgia State prospect has yet to play in an NFL game, but he's spent the last two seasons with Ravens, Browns and Dolphins. Fullback Javorski Lane was re-signed earlier this offseason and Ogbuehi will compete with Lane for the fullback job.

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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston impresses TB at pro day    Tue Mar 31, 02:26 PM

Former Florida State QB Jameis Winston impressed Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht at his pro day Tuesday, March 31. Licht said Winston makes players around him better, and he felt that Winston showed that during his pro day. The Buccaneers hold the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft and it is widely speculated that they will select Winston.

Footballguys view: This is contradictory to other reports that said he had a "so-so" pro day. Can we please stop with the overanalysis of pro days? It's a pre-scripted workout where quarterbacks throw to players they've worked with and there's zero coverage. It was an absolute joke that Teddy Bridgewater fell down draft boards due to a below average pro day last year. That won't be the case with Winston who (no matter how you grade his pro day) is likely to be the top pick in the draft.

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  Buccaneers | Attending Jameis Winston's pro day    Tue Mar 31, 12:11 PM

Florida State QB Jameis Winston's Tuesday, March 31, pro day is being attended by five staff members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including general manager Jason Licht, head coach Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.

Footballguys view: It's the worst kept secret in the league. We're about 99.9 percent sure that Tampa is going to select Winston with the first-overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Buccaneers | Dan Connolly visiting Tuesday    Mon Mar 30, 11:18 PM

Free-agent OG Dan Connolly (Patriots) will visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, March 30, according to a source.

Footballguys view: If added to the Bucs roster, Connolly would be reunited with friend and former teammate Logan Mankins. The Bucs have a Patriots connection in the front office with general manager Jason Licht and his assistant Jon Robinson.

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  Buccaneers | Interested in Lance Briggs    Mon Mar 30, 05:37 PM

Free-agent LB Lance Briggs (Bears) has drawn interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Footballguys view: Briggs played for Bucs head coach Lovie Smith during his time with the Bears. He needs to stay healthy after missing half the 2014 season due to a groin injury. If added, Briggs would give the team veteran leadership.

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  Buccaneers | Marcus Mariota will work out for Bucs    Sat Mar 28, 01:07 PM

Former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota has a private workout scheduled with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers April 7.

Footballguys view: The Bucs are going through with due diligence, but we'd be shocked if they chose Mariota with the first-overall pick. Jameis Winston is likely to be their pick and their quarterback for years to come.

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  Buccaneers | Danny Lansanah signs tender    Thu Mar 26, 05:36 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Danny Lansanah signed his one-year tender Thursday, March 26.

Footballguys view: As an exclusive rights free agent, Lansanah didn't have much of a choice but to sign his tender. Lansanah played in 16 games last season, recording 81 tackles, three interceptions and 1.5 sacks.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Glennon could be trade option    Wed Mar 25, 02:37 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon has been a topic of conversation from other teams checking on his availability this offseason, according to head coach Lovie Smith.

Footballguys view: We've expected this for some time. The Bucs are likely to take a QB (Jameis Winston) with the first-overall pick in the draft. Glennon has plenty of starting experience, and he'd be an upgrade over what some teams have on their roster.

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  Buccaneers | TB leaning Jameis Winston    Wed Mar 25, 01:22 PM

Florida State QB Jameis Winston is the favorite to be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' choice at No. 1 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, and head coach Lovie Smith confirmed it. However, Smith said the team is doing their due diligence on other players they could consider at the top spot. Tampa's research on Winston has them convinced that he can be a leader at the next level. 'Everything checks out on him, too ... the guy can complete every throw,' Smith said. 'A lot has been said about his football intelligence. He's just a leader.'

Footballguys view: This is the worst kept secret in the league. Winston is likely to be with the Buccaneers, and it wouldn't shock us to see them start negotiating a new contract before the draft.

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  Buccaneers | Bucs open to drafting QB first overall    Wed Mar 25, 12:02 PM

Florida State QB Jameis Winston and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota are widely believed to be considered by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the first overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, and Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer has approved the team taking either Winston or Mariota with the No. 1 overall selection. 'But fundamentally, we believe in letting Lovie and Jason do all their ground work, and their staffs, come to their conclusions, discuss it with us, talk about their reasoning and as long as it makes sense, we're supportive. But at the end of the day, whatever decision we make, I see us all being on the same page, agreeing and moving forward,' Glazer said.

Footballguys view: They're more than open to the idea....it's probably their plan. We'd be shocked if Jameis Winston wasn't the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Buccaneers | Brandon Magee waived    Wed Mar 25, 10:27 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Brandon Magee was waived Wednesday, March 25.

Footballguys view: An undrafted free agent in 2013, Magee joined the Bucs last July and mostly played special teams.

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  Buccaneers | Plan to use Bruce Carter in the middle    Mon Mar 23, 11:53 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Bruce Carter will be lined up as a middle linebacker, general manager Jason Licht said Monday, March 23.

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  Buccaneers | Avery Rigg in for workout    Sat Mar 21, 02:22 AM

Free-agent LS Avery Rigg (Boston Brawlers, FXFL) worked out with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but the team did not sign him immediately.

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  Buccaneers | Andy Wilder signs    Fri Mar 20, 05:46 PM

Free-agent P Andy Wilder signed an undisclosed deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, March 20.


  Buccaneers | Sterling Moore agrees    Thu Mar 19, 01:35 PM

Free-agent CB Sterling Moore (Cowboys) agreed to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, March 19, according to a source. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Moore stepped in for the Cowboys last season when Morris Claiborne was hurt, starting nine games and playing nickel corner for Dallas. The Cowboys didn't tender him at all (he was technically a restricted free agent) so he became an unrestricted free agent and the Bucs were happy to give him a shot. If he can replicate his 2014, it could be a very nice upgrade for Tampa Bay.

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  Buccaneers | Looking at George Selvie    Thu Mar 19, 02:37 AM

Free-agent DE George Selvie (Cowboys) is drawing some attention from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as a source says Tampa Bay is 'very much in the mix.'

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  Buccaneers | Lose interest in Greg Hardy    Wed Mar 18, 01:35 PM

Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Panthers) does not appear to be an option for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers anymore since the team has lost interest in him.

Footballguys view: "Lose interest" means "his price got too high" in coachspeak...or is it GMspeak? Either way, it looks like Hardy is going to play for the Cowboys in 2015.

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  Buccaneers | Interested in Dan Connolly    Tue Mar 17, 01:58 PM

Free-agent OG Dan Connolly (Patriots) is receiving interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the guard position.

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  Buccaneers | Greg Hardy to visit    Tue Mar 17, 12:05 PM

Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Panthers) is scheduled to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Footballguys view: Hardy will be a dangerous pass-rusher for any team that's interested. The Buccaneers have been trying to rebuild their defense, and Hardy would be a fine asset--even though he may be suspended the first six games of the season.

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  Buccaneers | Marcus Mariota visiting TB    Mon Mar 16, 05:28 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is visiting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, March 16. He is one of several players that they are considering with the top overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: They are likely to select Jameis Winston (Florida State) with the first-overall pick. Simply put, Winston is better than Mariota on the field. Winston can make stick throws into coverage, and he's spent plenty of time working under center. Mariota needs to work on both of these things, in addition to multiple other issues.

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  Buccaneers | Visit with Sterling Moore    Thu Mar 12, 12:42 PM

Free-agent CB Sterling Moore (Cowboys) is visiting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, March 12.

Footballguys view: Moore isn't a starting-caliber corner, but he'd fit in nicely as a nickel corner. In 2014, he started seven games for the Cowboys and finished the year with 46 tackles and two fumble recoveries.

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  Buccaneers | Chris Conte agrees with Tampa    Thu Mar 12, 10:07 AM

Free-agent FS Chris Conte (Bears) agreed to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, March 12.

Footballguys view: Dashon Goldson is out, and Conte is likely in at free safety for the Bucs. He has two years experience playing under Lovie Smith from their days together with the Bears. If healthy, he's a decent starter in the secondary.

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  Buccaneers | Henry Melton agrees with Tampa    Thu Mar 12, 09:26 AM

Free-agent DT Henry Melton (Cowboys) agreed to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, March 12.

Footballguys view: Melton worked under Lovie Smith in Chicago, and he gives them an upgrade on the defensive line. He'll work into some form of a rotation behind Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald.

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  Buccaneers | Chris Conte expected to sign    Wed Mar 11, 07:43 PM

Free-agent FS Chris Conte (Bears) is expected to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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  Buccaneers | Derrick Morgan to visit    Wed Mar 11, 07:40 PM

Updating a previous item, free-agent LB Derrick Morgan (Titans) will visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to sources.

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  Buccaneers | Michael Johnson released    Wed Mar 11, 05:52 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Michael Johnson was officially released Wednesday, March 11, a year after signing a five-year, $43.8 million deal. He will collect $7 million in guarantees in 2015, but the release saves the Bucs $2 million in salary cap space.

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  Buccaneers | Bruce Carter signing    Wed Mar 11, 05:10 PM

Free-agent LB Bruce Carter (Cowboys) is signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, March 11, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Carter is getting good money from the Bucs despite mostly being a disappointment with the Cowboys. Tampa is having to re-live their bad signings from last year in the form of releases of Anthony Collins and Michael Johnson. Hopefully for Carter and the team history won't repeat itself next year.

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  Buccaneers | Michael Johnson to be released    Wed Mar 11, 03:35 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Michael Johnson will be released Wednesday, March 11.

Footballguys view: Johnson joins Anthony Collins as players who got a lot of money from the Bucs last year for one poor season. The Bengals could be interested in a return for Johnson, who was limited by a high ankle sprain for part of 2014.

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  Buccaneers | Chris Conte to visit    Wed Mar 11, 12:07 PM

Free-agent FS Chris Conte (Bears) is scheduled to visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, March 11.

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  Buccaneers | TB in on DeMarco Murray    Wed Mar 11, 07:40 AM

Free-agent RB DeMarco Murray (Cowboys) has been looked at by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but a source indicated Buccaneers fans shouldn't get 'overly excited' about Murray.

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