Buccaneers Rumors & News

  • Country star Luke Bryan to sing national anthem in Houston

    CBS Sports "The NFL announced Sunday that country music star Luke Bryan will perform the national anthem ahead of Super Bowl LI in Houston. Bryan, a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, will take center stage on Sunday, Feb. 5, to belt out "The..." January 22

  • NFL teams may have to jam cell signals in locker rooms

    Pro Football Talk "As the Antonio Brown Face Book Live fiasco prepares to yield to an actual football game (during which it will be “fair or not” to point out the potential social-media infraction distraction if Brown struggles), there’s a lingering question about the situation that gave rise to the..." January 22

  • Bucs add two ex-Falcons: QB Sean Renfree, OL James Stone

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs have had success in the last two seasons signing players who worked under Dirk Koetter with the Falcons -- center Joe Hawley, running backs Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith, receiver Freddie Martino -- and did so again Friday, agreeing to terms with quarterback Sean Renfree and signing..." January 21

  • Peterson wants to stay in Minny but would consider Giants, Bucs, Texans

    ESPN "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he sees himself remaining with Minnesota next season but mentioned the New York Giants, Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as teams he might consider in free agency. "I see myself in purple. A lot has to take place," Peterson said on First Take on..." January 19

  • Jets Interested In QB Mike Glennon?

    Pro Football Rumors "The Jets quarterback situation figures to be one of the more noteworthy positional quandaries in the league this offseason, but the club may already have their eyes on one potential target. The “word on the street” is that Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon will receive interest from New York..." January 18

  • Bo Jackson was determined to “screw” the Buccaneers

    Pro Football Talk "Former Heisman winner and two-sport star Bo Jackson raised some eyebrows when he said if he had to do it over again, he wouldn’t play football. But it was his first decision to not play football which showed his resolve as a man. In a story by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Jackson discussed..." January 14

  • Buccaneers DC Mike Smith signs extension

    Tampa Bay Times "Shortly after withdrawing his name from consideration from the San Diego, er, Los Angeles Chargers head coaching job Thursday, the Bucs made sure defensive coordinator Mike Smith was not relocating. Tampa Bay signed Smith to a contract extension, keeping the cohesiveness to a unit that showed..." January 13

  • The NFL's Drug of Choice

    Bleacher Report "They didn't ask questions. If something hurt, NFL players simply stepped in line behind dozens of others waiting for the same drug. One by one, for years, players have taken a shot of Toradol to the rear or swallowed the drug in pill form to play football on Sunday. The game-day ritual was..." January 11

  • Pacific Pro Football League for non-NFL-eligible players to debut

    ESPN "A new pro football league announced Wednesday it plans to begin hiring players in winter 2017 and staging games in summer 2018. The Pacific Pro Football League is for players who have graduated from high school but aren't in college and haven't been out for three years in order to make..." January 11

  • Super Bowl ad spending for first 51 years totals almost $5 billion

    Awful Announcing "The Super Bowl is an event where the ads are almost as important as the game. Over the years, attention to the commercials has grown to the point where you can preview them on YouTube and other sites before the Big Game. Because the Super Bowl draws the year’s biggest television audience, it’s no..." January 11

  • Mike Smith emerging as “top guy” in Jacksonville search

    Pro Football Talk "At a time when most coaching searches are skewing toward young offensive minds, the Jaguars may end up hiring a defensive coordinator who previously served as head coach of the Falcons. Amid plenty of chatter that Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith could be the next coach of the Jags,..." January 09

  • Bucs sign Derel Walker after prolific run in CFL

    Pro Football Talk "One spot the Buccaneers will be looking to upgrade before next season is their group of receivers alongside Mike Evans and one of their first moves of the offseason was directed at doing that by adding a player with experience playing with Evans. Derel Walker was the second-leading receiver..." January 06

  • Chargers Interview Mike Smith for Head Coaching Job

    NBC San Diego "The Chargers on Thursday announced the first person to interview for the top spot was Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith. Smith was among a short list of defensive-minded candidates rumored to be under consideration by the Bolts. Other likely contenders included Matt..." January 06

  • Chris Berman stepping down from ESPN NFL studio role

    Larry Brown Sports "Sundays are going to look and feel a lot different at ESPN next fall, as longtime broadcaster Chris Berman is stepping down from his current in the network’s NFL studio. ESPN announced on Thursday that Berman will no longer be hosting ESPN’s NFL studio programming following the playoffs. He..." January 05

  • Warren Sapp being sued for allegedly body-slamming actress Paula Trickey

    Larry Brown Sports "Warren Sapp has dealt with several issues in his personal life over the past few years, and he can now add being sued by an actress to that list. According to a lawsuit obtained by Jose Lambiet of the Miami Herald, Sapp is being sued by Paula Trickey for an alleged incident that took place..." January 05

  • NFL TV viewership dropped an average of 8 percent this season

    ESPN "Broadcasters of NFL games saw television viewership drop by an average of 8 percent for the 2016 regular season, as a typical game was watched by 1.4 million fewer people than last season (16.5 million versus 17.9 million), according to league data obtained by ESPN. Prime-time broadcasts were..." January 05

  • It's no joke: A barista and a farmer walk into a Vegas sportsbook, and come out with $1.2 million

    Covers.com "So, a barista and a farmer walk into the Las Vegas Superbook… It sounds like the setup for a great joke, right? Well, it’s no joke, although the barista and the farmer are now laughing all the way to the bank. That’s because the two finished No. 1-2 in the prestigious SuperContest, the..." January 05

  • Buccaneers should re-sign free agent WR Vincent Jackson

    Fanrag Sports "One of the wishes the Buccaneers had for the 2016 season was to get one more good year of out three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Like the wish the Buccaneers had of making the playoffs for the first time in nine years, it was a wish that didn’t come true. For the second year..." January 04

  • Agent's Take: 10 NFL stars who could be in different uniforms in 2017

    CBS Sports "A player getting released because his performance doesn't justify his salary is a way of life in the NFL, where contracts aren't fully guaranteed. When a player is released or traded, the remaining proration of the salary components that are treated like signing bonus immediately accelerate into..." January 04

  • Finalists for 2017 Hall of Fame class include LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Brian Dawkins

    ESPN "First-year eligibles LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor and Brian Dawkins are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also making the finals are Morten Andersen, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin..." January 04

  • 'Hard Knocks' 2017: Which teams are eligible for this year's HBO show?

    Sporting News "HBO's "Hard Knocks," a well-produced show that gives fans get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of training camp, is a popular series. There's always intrigue before the show starts in the summer, as producers must first select a team for the season. The league in 2013 mandated..." January 03

  • Jaguars to interview Bucs coordinator Mike Smith

    Pro Football Talk "The Jaguars aren’t focusing on one side of the ball in their search for a new head coach. According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith will interview for the Jaguars vacancy. Smith had an impressive 66-46 record as head coach of the Falcons,..." January 02

  • Dirk Koetter considering giving up play calling

    Tampa Bay Times "Dirk Koetter said he is contemplating giving up the play-calling duties so he can spend more time with on other obligations as head coach. In his season-ending press conference Monday, Koetter said he has several members of his coaching staff that are capable of calling plays but that he wants..." January 02

  • Koetter: Aguayo’s Struggles Were Noticed; Not Afraid To Make A Change

    Pewter Report "It’s no secret that the Bucs second round kicker has struggled this season. It’s also no secret that there’s been plenty of criticism for bringing him in where they did in the first place. After starting the year off just 4-for-8, Aguayo went 17-for-20 including knocking in all 12 of his kicks..." January 02

  • Graham Gano questions Bucs’ video-board tactics during his kicks

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano has had some weird games at Raymond James Stadium. In a game here two years ago, Gano pushed a trombone player out of his way when the Bethune-Cookman band kept marching around him while he was taking his halftime kicks. Gano didn’t have any run-ins with..." January 02

  • Jameis Winston 1st in NFL history with consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons to start career

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has eclipsed the 4,000-yard passing mark for the second straight season, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for 4,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. Winston needed 112 yards heading into Sunday's game against the..." January 02

  • Winston's late TD pass pushes Bucs over Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Jameis Winston threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Mike Evans with 3:13 to play and Cam Newton missed on a two-point conversion attempt with 17 seconds left as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held on for a 17-16 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Newton..." January 01

  • Bucs sign punter Bryan Anger to 5-year extension

    NFL.com "The Year of the Punter is going out with a bang. With less than a day remaining before the new year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rewarded punter Bryan Anger with a new contract extension. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the five-year deal is worth $17 million (a $3.4 million/year..." December 31

  • Dirk Koetter wonders whether the Bucs are in “vacation mode”

    JoeBucsFan.com "The Buccaneers’ candid head coach is taking his refreshing brand of expression right into the final game of the season. Dirk Koetter opened up late Friday night on SiriusXM NFL Radio. It might be easy to conclude the Bucs are a hungry, young team returning home after a painful two road..." December 31

  • Buccaneers WR Mike Evans seems disappointed with his performance

    Sportsnaut "Third-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is in the midst of a breakout 2016 campaign. The former top-10 pick has put up 91 receptions for 1,256 yards and 11 touchdowns in 15 games. Those surely are tremendous numbers. They also led to his first Pro Bowl selection. Though, if you..." December 29

  • Bucs' season not a success for Jameis Winston

    Tampa Bay Times "Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston says that even if his team beats the Panthers on Sunday and finishes with a winning record — two things he wants — he will not consider the Bucs' season a success. "For the organization, for fans, you know, a lot of people are happy," he said Wednesday. "But the..." December 29

  • Doug Martin suspended 4 games for drug policy violation

    NFL.com "Doug Martin has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's drug policy, the team announced Wednesday. Martin was not at the team's practice on Wednesday. Coach Dirk Koetter said Martin's absence was excused and that Martin would be releasing a statement later in the day. Martin..." December 29

  • Doug Martin reportedly stepping away from Bucs due to ‘personal issues’

    Larry Brown Sports "Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has reportedly stepped away from the team in advance of the final game of the regular season. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Martin left the team on Wednesday to take care of some “personal issues.” Prior to that report, there had been..." December 28

  • Jameis Winston defends running back Doug Martin

    Sportsnaut "For the second consecutive week, Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin will be a healthy inactive as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers close out their season. It’s an odd turn in a relationship that seemed to be going swimmingly when Martin signed a five-year, $35.8 million contract this past offseason...." December 28

  • Hall of Fame game moved to Thursday night to start preseason

    ESPN "The Hall of Fame game will be played on Aug. 3 -- a Thursday night -- next summer, two days before the inductions into the pro football shrine. On Wednesday, the hall announced the change in schedule. Previously, the game was played on a Sunday, one night after the inductions. Participants..." December 28

  • Buccaneers Place TE Cameron Brate On IR

    Pro Football Rumors "Cameron Brate‘s season is over. The Buccaneers announced that the tight end is being placed on injured reserve. Brate has been a revelation for the Buccaneers this season. When Austin Seferian-Jenkins was let go in September, Brate stepped up in a major way and become a focal point of the..." December 28

  • Here's the one crazy way the Buccaneers can still get in

    CBS Sports "When the Cowboys kick off against the Lions on Monday night, fans in Dallas won't be the only ones cheering for the Cowboys. So will everyone in Tampa. Although there's not much drama left in the NFL's playoff races, don't tell that to the Buccaneers, who need eight things to happen over the..." December 27

  • Bucs' Martin expected to be inactive for season finale

    Tampa Bay Times "Two days after being benched for the first time in his pro career, Doug Martin's season appears to be over and his future with the Bucs is in doubt. Martin, the two-time Pro Bowl running back who was told to take a seat for the Bucs' 31-24 loss to the Saints on Saturday, will not be active for..." December 27

  • Dirk Koetter on benching Doug Martin: I felt Jacquizz Rodgers was better for this game

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers played without running back Doug Martin for more than a month earlier this season because of an injury, but it was a coach’s decision that kept Martin out of the lineup against the Saints on Saturday. Martin was a healthy scratch as the Bucs opted to go with Jacquizz Rodgers,..." December 25

  • Buccaneers' Martin surprise inactive vs. Saints

    NFL.com "The Buccaneers surprised the football world with a key inactive that no one saw coming. Tampa Bay listed running back Doug Martin as inactive for Saturday's game against New Orleans. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Martin was a healthy scratch via a coach's decision, which is fairly..." December 24

  • Brees, Ingram power Saints past Buccaneers

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, the NFL coach most frequently rumored to be on the prowl for his next job, has lived through the frustration of spending the last three seasons home for the holidays instead of participating in the playoffs. While the 7-8 Saints once again..." December 24

  • Bucs without a pair of right tackles for Saints game

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers are running out of linemen, as they try to continue their unexpected run toward the playoffs. Via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, the Bucs have ruled out right tackles Demar Dotson and Gosder Cherilus for tomorrow’s game with the Saints, along with defensive end William..." December 23

  • Buccaneers' Glennon could fetch $13-15M per year in free agency

    12 Up "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have found themselves in the middle of playoff contention this season thanks to some solid defensive play and an offense that has thrived under the great leadership of young QB Jameis Winston. However, if you flashback to just a couple years ago, this team had no..." December 23

  • New Spring League isn’t an NFL production

    Pro Football Talk "Yes, there’s a new spring football league coming. No, it’s not an NFL production. A series of tweets from SiriusXM NFL Radio declares that “[t]he NFL will have a spring league starting in the spring of 2017, structured around four squads of veteran free agent players.” Per a source with..." December 22

  • Report: NFL to debut spring league in 2017

    Sportsnaut "In unprecedented news Thursday, the NFL announced plans to start a “spring league,” using four teams comprised of veteran NFL free agents. Seemingly a take on the FXFL that ran for two seasons in 2014 and 2015, as well as the veteran free agent combine that was a magnificent bust last year, the..." December 22

  • NFL vows to apply Rooney Rule informally to some coordinator openings

    Washington Post "The NFL has vowed to apply a new best practice to the hiring process for some coordinator jobs based upon its minority interviewing standard known as the Rooney Rule, according to the diversity group that works with the league on its hiring practices. The change, which will not constitute a..." December 22

  • Texas Woman Stabbed to Death by Stepson After ‘Gloating’ About Dallas Cowboys Win

    The Root "Authorities say a Texas woman was stabbed to death Sunday night by her stepson after she had reportedly been “gloating” about a Dallas Cowboys win, KEYE reports. According to the report, Magdalena Ruiz and her husband were sitting at home in their South Austin apartment watching TV when..." December 22

  • The odds of legalized sports betting in Trump's America

    Covers.com "The surprise election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president was one of the biggest betting upsets in recent years, with the Republican nominee cashing in as big as a 200/1 long shot this past November. That underdog run to the White House has now sparked hope for another political long..." December 21

  • NFL announces 2017 Pro Bowl rosters

    NFL.com "A league-best seven Oakland Raiders have been selected to play in the 2017 Pro Bowl, according to rosters released by the NFL on Tuesday. Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack are among the standouts who will be representing the resurgent Raiders in the annual gridiron all-star fest, which..." December 21

  • Buccaneers WR Mike Evans misses practice with injury

    Sportsnaut "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers still find themselves in playoff positioning following their loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. That was made possible by the Carolina Panthers’ upset win over the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. However, the team must finish strong in order to earn..." December 20