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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay looking to add speed    Sun Feb 26, 08:44 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said the offense needs to generate more explosive plays. 'We need more speed, and when we say playmakers, playmakers and explosive plays are one and the same,' Koetter said. 'Guys that can catch a 10-yard pass, break one tackle and turn it into a 30-yard gain. Our run after the catch is not where it needs to be.''

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  Buccaneers | Alterraun Verner released Thursday    Thu Feb 23, 03:54 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner is being released Thursday, Feb. 23.

Footballguys view: Verner was a bust during his time in Tampa. The move clears up $6.5 million in cap space, and there is zero dead money on his deal. Verner lost his starting job a couple of years ago and is a dime corner at this point in his career.

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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston likes DeSean Jackson to TB    Wed Feb 22, 06:58 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston said he would love if the Buccaneers signed Washington Redskins impending free-agent WR DeSean Jackson this offseason.

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  Buccaneers | DeSean Jackson could draw Bucs' interest    Tue Feb 21, 11:48 AM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent WR DeSean Jackson could receive interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to sources. Jackson has a rapport with QB Jameis Winston.

Footballguys view: With Mike Evans on one side and DeSean Jackson on the other, the Bucs would have an even more formidable passing attack. Jackson should get more than a few teams interested in his services when he hits the open market.

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  Buccaneers | Vincent Jackson likely done in Tampa    Fri Feb 17, 11:50 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent WR Vincent Jackson isn't likely to be back with the team in 2017 and could be finished in the NFL, according to beat writer Scott Reynolds.

Footballguys view: The writing has been on the wall as Jackson is no longer the player he used to be. Jackson may struggle to latch on with another team, and even if he does sign somewhere else nobody is expecting him to be much of a fantasy factor.

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  Buccaneers | Doug Martin still in Bucs' plans?    Thu Feb 16, 01:23 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin was expected to be released or traded before the 2017 NFL season, but the front office may be willing to keep Martin around and 'play the situation out,' according to Roy Cummings, of FloridaFootballInsiders.com. Martin is suspended the first three games of 2017 and will not cost the team any money if he is indeed released.

Footballguys view: The Bucs will play this close to the vest in case they can trade him. Even if they want to cut him, they won't say it. That said, cutting him or trading him are real possibilities and so expect them to show interest in some free agents this offseason, and draft prospects this April. We think Martin could have a lot of value elsewhere, but being out for three weeks will reduce any fantasy value considerably.

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  Buccaneers | Record season for Cameron Brate    Sun Feb 12, 08:03 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate tied the single-season franchise record for touchdown receptions by a tight end with eight in 2016.

Footballguys view: When QB Jameis Winston was in college at Florida State, he targeted the tight end position more than any other passer in the FBS. His love of throwing to the tight end has continued to the pros. Brate finished as the no. 6 overall tight end for fantasy owners in standard-scoring leagues. If healthy, he's a TE1 in 2017.

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  Buccaneers | Bucs make coaching changes    Fri Feb 10, 03:51 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made some coaching adjustments Friday, Feb. 10, promoting Zack Grossi to offensive quality control coach, Anthony Perkins to assistant to the head coach, and Skyler Fulton to an offensive assistant. In addition, they named former NFL TE Alex E. Smith a pro scout.

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  Buccaneers | Roberto Aguayo must have a great camp    Fri Feb 10, 03:01 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Roberto Aguayo is 'not locked into' the team's roster, according to general manager Jason Licht, and 'he needs to have a great camp' to solidify his spot. Licht added that 'we will do everything we can to bring in the best competition at that position.'

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  Buccaneers | Skyler Fulton hired by Bucs    Fri Feb 10, 11:11 AM

Former WR Skyler Fulton was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an offensive assistant Friday, Feb. 10.

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  Buccaneers | Ben Steele named Bucs TEs coach    Wed Feb 8, 05:25 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive quality control coach Ben Steele has been named the team's new tight ends coach.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Glennon may be too expensive for Bucs    Wed Feb 1, 05:47 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht indicated the team would like to re-sign impending free-agent QB Mike Glennon, but he may be too expensive to sign since he likely will receive interest from teams looking for a starting quarterback.

Footballguys view: Glennon will likely get a contract that makes most people scream overpaid, but after Brock Osweiler's deal last year, nothing will surprise us. Glennon was surprisingly good in his rookie year for a mid-round pick, and he is probably one of the best options outside of Tony Romo for a team looking for a starter for the short term.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay plans to bring back Ryan Griffin    Wed Feb 1, 05:45 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan on re-signing impending free-agent QB Ryan W. Griffin this offseason and have him compete for the No. 2 quarterback job during training camp next season.

Footballguys view: Griffin is a priority for the Bucs because backup Mike Glennon will likely leave for greener pastures and an opportunity to compete to start elsewhere. He has been with the team since the Saints released him before the 2015 season and Tampa claimed him on waivers.

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  Buccaneers | Joe Hawley hopes to re-sign    Wed Feb 1, 05:39 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent C Joe Hawley said he would like to re-sign with the Buccaneers this offseason. General manager Jason Licht said he has talked with Hawley's representatives about a possible contract.

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  Buccaneers | Akeem Spence could return to Bucs    Wed Feb 1, 05:36 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent DE Akeem Spence could re-sign with the Buccaneers this offseason if a deal makes sense for the team, according to general manager Jason Licht.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay talking with William Gholston    Wed Feb 1, 05:16 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said the team has had contract talks with impending free-agent DE William Gholston and that the team considers Gholston a priority.

Footballguys view: Gholston was part of a defensive line that was dominant at times this year and a defense that really came on at the end of the season. He'll be coveted if the Bucs can't keep him.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Evans not concerned about contract    Sun Jan 29, 01:06 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is entering this final season of the four-year rookie contract he signed in 2014 - the team has a club option for 2018 as well - and is due to make only $690,000 (plus a $1.7 million roster bonus in 2017).

Footballguys view: Expect the Bucs to pick up his fifth-year option. A favorite target of QB Jameis Winston, we don't see Evens leaving Tampa. Despite the low pay relative to his position, Evans has yet to express any concern about being compensated on the level of some of the game's elite receivers.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Evans consistent at home, on road    Fri Jan 27, 07:23 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans caught 51 passes for 668 yards and six touchdowns at home this season. He caught 45 passes for 653 yards and six touchdowns on the road.

Footballguys view: That's pretty damn good...and it should be no surprise really. Evans is a superstar, and he's tough to deal with no matter where the game is taking place.

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  Buccaneers | J.R. Sweezy cleared for football activity    Thu Jan 26, 08:48 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG J.R. Sweezy (back) has been given a clean bill of health after being cleared for football activity Thursday, Jan. 26. He missed the entire 2016 offseason, training camp and regular season due to his injury.

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  Buccaneers | Doug Martin on his way out?    Wed Jan 25, 12:41 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is not part of the short- or long-term plans of the Buccaneers, in the opinion of Rick Stroud, of the Tampa Bay Times. Martin signed a five-year, $33.75 million contract, with $15 million guaranteed, in March of 2016, but that guaranteed money is voided because of his four-game suspension after testing positive for Adderall.

Footballguys view: The writing has been on the wall with Martin. The team is likely to move on and add a running back via the 2017 NFL draft. It's a great class of running backs, and with the 19th-overall pick they might be willing to take a back like Dalvin Cook (Florida State) if he's still on the board.

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  Buccaneers | Coach hopes Jacquizz Rodgers returns    Mon Jan 23, 08:02 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said he hopes the team will be able to re-sign impending free-agent RB Jacquizz Rodgers this offseason.

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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston beat the rush in 2016    Sat Jan 21, 09:25 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was pressured on 34.9 percent of his drop-backs in 2016 but posted a QBR of 80.7 in those situations, the best mark by any quarterback since 2009.

Footballguys view: The NFL average for pressure was 27.1 percent in 2016. Winston's 34.9 percent ranked as 4th-highest in the league. He's cool under fire and should only continue to get better as his pro career goes on.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay adds two to roster    Fri Jan 20, 10:18 PM

Free-agent QB Sean Renfree (Falcons) and OL James Stone (Falcons) to Reserve/Future deals on Friday, Jan. 20.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay an option for Adrian Peterson?    Thu Jan 19, 12:31 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he would be interested in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if he becomes available this offseason.

Footballguys view: Where's the upside for the Bucs here? Maybe Doug Martin isn't the answer anymore, or maybe Peterson won't be more than a backup. But we've seen him behind sketchy offensive lines and Peterson doesn't seem to have much in the tank anymore.

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  Buccaneers | Jacquizz Rodgers set to be free agent    Sun Jan 15, 04:40 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST

Footballguys view: Rodgers had to start five games for the Bucs in 2016, and he was impressive when called up to do more. He should return to Tampa as a reserve/backup running back.

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  Buccaneers | Vincent Jackson to be UFA    Sun Jan 15, 04:19 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST

Footballguys view: Jackson has had some big seasons during his time with the Bucs. However, over the last two years Jackson has been limited to 15 games. In 2016, Jackson played in only five games finishing the year with 15 catches for 173 yards and zero touchdowns. He could end up retiring, but perhaps some team wants to give him another chance.

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  Buccaneers | New deal coming for Mike Evans?    Thu Jan 12, 09:17 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is eligible for a contract extension this offseason, and beat writer Mark Cook believes the Buccaneers should try to extend Evans before New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. receives a new deal and sets the market.

Footballguys view: The Bucs technically don't have any hurry with Evans as they could fifth-year option him for the 2018 season. However, if they want to pay a price less than Beckham they should work on this deal ASAP. Evans had a strong season and bounced back from a 2015 campaign where he struggled with drops and only scored three touchdowns. He's a top-flight receiver in the league, and one of the best fantasy receivers out there.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Smith staying put in Tampa    Thu Jan 12, 07:19 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith has agreed to terms on an extension to remain with the team.

Footballguys view: Smith was one of the favorites for the Chargers head coaching vacancy, but he withdrew his name and is staying in Tampa. He did wonders with the Bucs defense in 2016, and we'll see if he can build on the momentum built for the 2017 season.

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  Buccaneers | Noah Spence undergoes surgery    Wed Jan 11, 12:04 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Noah Spence (shoulder) is having surgery to repair a fully torn labrum in his right shoulder Wednesday, Jan. 11. He also suffered a dislocation in the shoulder. It's unknown if he'll be ready in time for the offseason program.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay signs Quayvon Hicks    Tue Jan 10, 08:55 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Quayvon Hicks was signed to a Reserve/Future contract by the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Footballguys view: Hicks is an old school fullback who can blast open holes as a blocker. We'll see if he can get an opportunity with the Bucs.


  Buccaneers | Derel Walker terms    Tue Jan 10, 11:40 AM

Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Derel Walker received a two-year contract for the league minimum with $100,000 guaranteed. He also has a $50,000 roster bonus.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Evans busy in 2016    Fri Jan 6, 11:32 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans led the NFL with 175 targets during the 2016 season.

Footballguys view: Evans is clearly a favorite of QB Jameis Winston...and of fantasy owners. We should see him go off the board as a top-5 fantasy WR in 2017 drafts.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay adds Derel Walker    Thu Jan 5, 02:37 PM

Canadian Football League WR Derel Walker signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, Jan. 5. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Walker was a star receiver in Canada. He recorded 198 catches for 2,699 yards and 16 touchdowns in two seasons (2015-16) with the Edmonton Eskimos. Walker was the second-leading receiver in the CFL last year, and he's certainly a super deep dynasty prospect we'll be monitoring in 2017. Measuring in at 6'2" 185 pounds, Walker can make plays near the sidelines to move the chains. He lacks blazing speed, but he does a good job of looking the ball into his hands and has a good feel for field position.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay adds two to future deals    Wed Jan 4, 04:37 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed TE Kivon Cartwright and PK John Lunsford to Reserve/Future deals Wednesday, Jan. 4. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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  Buccaneers | Donteea Dye underwent surgery    Wed Jan 4, 02:36 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Donteea Dye (ankle) had surgery on his injured ankle that included screws inserted to help reset a ligament.

Footballguys view: Dye was only on the field in one game this year, and he played two snaps against the Saints in Week 14. We'll see if he can get healthy and impress in Bucs camp next year. He's expected to need about six weeks to recover.

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  Buccaneers | Bucs add four more with futures deals    Tue Jan 3, 01:54 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed S Isaiah Johnson, OL Josh Allen, Mike Liedtke and CB Cody Riggs to Reserve/Futures contracts Monday, Jan. 2.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay signs two to futures deals    Mon Jan 2, 08:04 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed RB Blake Sims and TE Tevin Westbrook to Reserve/Futures contracts Monday, Jan. 2. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Sims was undrafted out of Alabama in 2015, and he's bounced around football since turning pro. He's spent time in Canada for the CFL, Australia in the National Gridiron League and in the states with two teams -- the Falcons earlier in 2016 and now the Buccaneers. A converted quarterback, Sims runs with decent power even though he only checks in around 205 pounds. He's a natural runner who does a good job of picking and choosing holes. We'll be monitoring him, but only in super deep dynasty leagues.

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  Buccaneers | Roberto Aguayo to have competition    Mon Jan 2, 07:34 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Roberto Aguayo will have to compete with another kicker next season because head coach Dirk Koetter said Aguayo's field goal percentage was not good enough. Aguayo made 71 percent of his field goal attempts, which was the lowest percentage in the NFL. He also made only four of his 10 field goal attempts from at least 40 yards.

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  Buccaneers | William Gholston to avoid surgery    Mon Jan 2, 07:15 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE William Gholston (elbow) will not need to undergo surgery on his dislocated elbow, according to sources.

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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston makes his mark    Mon Jan 2, 05:09 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 4,000 passing yards in each of his first two seasons. He is the fifth player ever to throw for at least 50 touchdowns in his first two seasons.

Footballguys view: Winston can fill the air with footballs, and he's one of the bright young stars in the NFL. He needs to continue developing his game, but Winston is clearly on track to put his name in the top 10 of quarterbacks in the NFL.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Evans scores to wrap up season    Sun Jan 1, 10:51 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans posted five receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets in the Week 17 game against the Carolina Panthers.

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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston so-so in finale    Sun Jan 1, 10:51 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed 20 of his 35 pass attempts for 202 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Week 17 game against the Carolina Panthers. He also rushed three times for 18 yards.

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  Buccaneers | Andrew DePaola injured in finale    Sun Jan 1, 10:50 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LS Andrew DePaola (knee) left the Week 17 game against the Carolina Panthers in the third quarter due to torn anterior cruciate ligament, head coach Dirk Koetter confirmed Sunday, Jan. 1.

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  Buccaneers | Noah Spence leaves game    Sun Jan 1, 10:50 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Noah Spence (shoulder) left the Week 17 game against the Carolina Panthers in the third quarter and he did not return.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay's Week 17 inactives    Sun Jan 1, 11:40 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have declared WR Bernard Reedy, OT Caleb Benenoch, DL Channing Ward, DL John Hughes, OL Leonard Wester, QB Ryan W. Griffin, DL William Gholston inactive for Week 17.

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  Buccaneers | Bryan Anger receives extension    Sat Dec 31, 12:12 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers P Bryan Anger signed a five-year contract extension Saturday, Dec. 31, worth $17 million.

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  Buccaneers | Jacquizz Rodgers to carry the load    Fri Dec 30, 11:45 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to see a heavy workload against the Carolina Panthers in Week 17.

Footballguys view: Without Doug Martin (suspended) and Charles Sims (Injured Reserve), the Bucs have no choice but to turn to Rodgers. He's proven this year that he can handle a starter's workload...if just for a few weeks.

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  Buccaneers | Friday injury report for Tampa Bay    Fri Dec 30, 07:14 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE William Gholston (elbow) has been ruled out for Week 17. OT Gosder Cherilus (ankle, groin) and CB Vernon Hargreaves III (abdomen) are listed as questionable. Gholston did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 30. Hargreaves was limited during practice, while Cherilus fully participated in practice.

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  Buccaneers | Thursday practice report for Tampa Bay    Thu Dec 29, 08:41 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE William Gholston (elbow) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 29. OT Gosder Cherilus (groin, ankle) and CB Vernon Hargreaves III (abdomen) were limited participants, and OT Demar Dotson (concussion) was a full participant.

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  Buccaneers | William Gholston expected to miss game    Thu Dec 29, 01:11 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE William Gholston (elbow) is not expected to play in Week 17 because of his dislocated right elbow, according to a source.

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