Buccaneers Rumors & News

  • T.J. Ward's agent denies reported arrest for possession

    Pro Football Talk "In a statement from his agent, T.J. Ward insists authorities should not have arrested him on an outstanding warrant. Agent Josh Arnold said the Buccaneers safety resolved the matter months ago. Ward’s arrest Wednesday on felony charges of marijuana possession and possession of drug..." January 03

  • Buccaneers S T.J. Ward Arrested For Possession Of Marijuana

    NFL Trade Rumors "Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Buccaneers S T.J. Ward was arrested at 8:11 a.m Wednesday morning in Tampa Bay on misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges. According to Auman, Ward has already been released on $2,500 bond. Ward, 31, is a former..." January 03

  • Terrell Owens, Randy Moss headline 15 finalists for Hall of Fame class of 2018

    CBS Sports "From 108 to 27 to 15. The list of candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2018 continues to shrink. On Tuesday night, the Pro Football Hall of Fame whittled down the list of candidates for the Class of 2018 to 15 all-time greats. The process started with 108 nominees in September...." January 03

  • Report: Bucs decided to keep Dirk Koetter because Jon Gruden wanted too much

    Larry Brown Sports "For several months, it appeared like Tampa Bay was the most likely landing spot for Jon Gruden if he decided to return to coaching. Now, Gruden is on the verge of signing a deal to become the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders. And in the process, he may have saved Dirk Koetter’s job. The..." January 03

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to stay with Bucs as a backup QB

    Clutch Points "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers doubled down on head coach Dirk Koetter despite an underwhelming 2017 NFL season. Now some players are hoping the Bucs will do the same with them. Among the notable names is backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Needless to say, the veteran Fitzpatrick is not shy about..." January 03

  • Sean Payton, Dirk Koetter had words after Saints-Bucs game

    Pro Football Talk "After the Buccaneers beat the Saints on Sunday, coaches Dirk Koetter and Sean Payton had a postgame handshake that seemed to show there are still hard feelings over the ugly incident in the teams’ previous meeting. The two shook hands near midfield and smiled, but as they exchanged shoulder..." January 01

  • Bucs don’t need a massive overhaul to fix problems of 2017

    Tampa Bay Times "Finally, it’s over. That’s the best thing you can say about the Bucs’ 2017 season. It’s over. You don’t have to watch anymore. No more Jameis Winston bone-headed turnovers. No more special-team blunders. No more games where the other team’s quarterback can stand back there all day..." January 01

  • Bucs coach Dirk Koetter says he's grateful ownership retained him

    ESPN "After his Tampa Bay Buccaneers clinched a last-second 31-24 win over the New Orleans Saints, head coach Dirk Koetter admitted that ownership's decision to bring him back after a 5-11 season wasn't an easy thing to do. "It took a lot of courage for the Glazer family to bring me back [and] bring..." January 01

  • Saints’ improvement through draft could be a model for Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs have had five head coaches in the past 10 years, a remarkable record of either impatience or incompetence for an organization that by all outward appearances seems dedicated to winning. So the decision to give Dirk Koetter a third season despite a 13-18 record and no playoff..." December 31

  • Sealver Siliga says $1,000 tip wasn’t meant to ‘go viral’

    Tampa Bay Times "It has been a quiet season for Bucs backup DT Sealver Siliga, who has six tackles in the seven games he has been active. He made national headlines with a gesture of kindness on Christmas Eve, leaving a $1,000 tip for the staff at a local Applebee’s after dinner Sunday night after the team..." December 30

  • Jon Gruden denies having talks with Bucs about return

    Larry Brown Sports "There were several reports over the past few months that linked Jon Gruden with his former team, but both sides say there were not talks about him returning. On Friday, the Tampa Bay Times reported that Dirk Koetter will be retained as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coach for 2018. The Times’..." December 30

  • Buccaneers news says plenty about what was going on behind the scenes

    Pro Football Talk "The headline is that Dirk Koetter will return for the Buccaneers in 2018. The clear implication is that Jon Gruden won’t be returning to the Buccaneers in 2018. Between the lines, there’s a lot more intrigue than that. The news, as leaked by the Buccaneers to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay..." December 30

  • Mike Evans intends to apologize to Marshon Lattimore

    Pro Football Talk "Mike Evans criticized himself for what he calls a “bulls— move” done “in the heat of the moment” and intends to apologize to Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore for it Sunday, via Jenna Laine of ESPN. The league suspended the Buccaneers receiver for one game after Evans charged Lattimore,..." December 29

  • Bucs sticking with Koetter for 2018

    Tampa Bay Times "Dirk Koetter will return as the Bucs head coach in 2018. The Glazer family, which owns the team, informed Koetter Friday afternoon that he would not be fired despite a 4-11 record which includes a pair of five-game losing streaks. Koetter is 13-18 in his two seasons as head coach but has..." December 29

  • Jon Gruden Rumors: 'Growing Sense' Ex-Buccaneers Coach Will Replace Dirk Koetter

    Bleacher Report "It wouldn't be a coaching carousel without rumors of a Jon Gruden return to the sidelines. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the current Monday Night Football analyst is reportedly considering a return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He noted there is a "growing sense in league..." December 29

  • Bucs’ offensive line uses money for gift exchange to give staffers bonuses

    Sportress of Blogitude "Members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive line came up with a novel way to celebrate the holiday season. How? By nixing their annual gift exchange. While eschewing the giving of gifts as a means to get into the holiday spirit may seem counterintuitive, it’s what the lineman did with the..." December 29

  • Losing fumbles a league-worst problem for Jameis Winston

    Tampa Bay Times "The knock on Jameis Winston in his first two NFL seasons was the high number of turnovers that limited his success. In this third year with the Bucs, he has proven to be a more accurate passer. His interception rate is down 35 percent from last season, and his quarterback rating is 10 points..." December 29

  • Mike Evans can earn a share of NFL history against Saints

    Tampa Bay Times "WR Mike Evans’ numbers have been down this season, but he can get a share of NFL history with 54 yards in Sunday’s season finale against the Saints. That would give him 1,000 or more yards for the fourth straight year to open his career. That has happened only twice before — by the Vikings’..." December 28

  • Marshon Lattimore “looking forward” to facing Mike Evans

    Pro Football Talk "The last time the Buccaneers and Saints played, Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans wound up with a suspension for a running shot from behind on Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore while Lattimore and Jameis Winston were engaged with one another. They’ll be back on the same field this weekend,..." December 28

  • Jameis Winston on sideline outburst: I know I can’t do that

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston expressed remorse Thursday for an outburst at the end of a 22-19 loss to the Carolina Panthers. On the Bucs' final possession, Winston was sacked by Kawann Short and stripped of the football, but believed he'd recovered it. The officiating crew..." December 28

  • Buccaneers say DeSean Jackson is cooperating with authorities

    Pro Football Talk "To their credit, fewer players have been getting in trouble with the law in recent years. But that only makes some of the situations that arise more glaring and noticeable. Buccaneers receiver DeSean Jackson has found himself in such a situation, thanks to a car that he owns being found wrecked..." December 28

  • DeSean Jackson says friend used his car without permission after cops find pot, bullets

    NFL.com "Police in Tampa, Fla., are conducting an investigation after a vehicle registered to Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson was involved in a single-car accident Sunday night and a search of the car turned up marijuana and hollow-point bullets, according to a police write-up obtained by..." December 27

  • Bucs DT Gerald McCoy won't sit out finale in spite of injury

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has something to say to all those who believe he shouldn't be playing right now because of a bicep injury and the fact that, at 4-11, the Bucs are playing meaningless football. "That's a loser's mindset," said the six-time Pro Bowler, who's..." December 27

  • Buccaneers’ Chris Baker incited locker room shouting match following Panthers game

    Tampa Bay Times "An ugly screaming match that erupted into a scuffle between teammates in the locker room following the Bucs 22-19 loss at Carolina Sunday involved the off-sides penalty by defensive tackle Chris Baker. Apparently, several Bucs players took issue with Baker smiling and lack-of-remorse attitude..." December 27

  • Dirk Koetter calls speculation about his future a distraction

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers have not had much success since firing Jon Gruden after the 2008 season. As speculation persists that Gruden could return to coaching, current Bucs coach Dirk Koetter’s future is in serious doubt. Koetter said Tuesday he has not had discussions with ownership about his job. “I..." December 26

  • Jameis Winston should be low on list of reasons Bucs are 4-11

    Tampa Bay Times "Shelton Quarles played linebacker for 10 years in the NFL, and the former Buc never got run over by a quarterback. Not by Daunte Culpepper, Michael Vick, Brett Favre or Donovan McNabb. That was until the waning seconds of the Bucs’ 22-19 loss at Carolina on Sunday. As the Bucs’ director of..." December 26

  • Jameis Winston Melts Down After Panthers Comeback

    Deadspin "Cam Newton scored a touchdown with 35 seconds left to push the Panthers past the Buccaneers, 22-19. On the ensuing drive, Jameis Winston fumbled on the first play after a sack from Kawann Short. Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers recoverd. That’s when things got messy. " December 24

  • Bucs are preferred destination in a Jon Gruden return

    NFL.com "Every year around Christmas time, the football world is gifted with various rumors about Jon Gruden possibly returning to coaching. None of the chatter has pulled the Super Bowl-winning coach from the Monday Night Football booth. Could something change this year? NFL Network Insider Ian..." December 24

  • Bucs journal: Injuries could leave secondary dangerously thin

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs secondary may be even more depleted than expected. Rookie S Justin Evans and CB Vernon Hargreaves went on injured reserve this week, and starting CB Ryan Smith showed up as doubtful on Friday’s final injury report, leaving the Bucs dangerously thin at cornerback for Sunday’s game at..." December 23

  • Bama bond: Bucs’ Winston, Panthers CB Bradberry go way back

    Tampa Bay Times "When Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston looks to throw downfield Sunday, he'll be doing so against a familiar face in Panthers cornerback James Bradberry. Winston, 23, and Bradberry, 24, grew up in towns eight miles apart outside Birmingham, with Winston in Bessemer and Bradberry just north in..." December 22

  • Why Jameis Winston is apologizing to Mike Evans

    Tampa Bay Times "Monday night’s loss to the Falcons showed glimpses of the big-play offense the Bucs wanted this season, none more than on a 42-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winston to a leaping Mike Evans. Wish there were more throws like that? So does the quarterback. "Every time I watch film, I find..." December 21

  • Buccaneers Place TE O.J. Howard On IR

    Pro Football Rumors "Tight end O.J. Howard and safety Justin Evans have been ruled out for the year, the Buccaneers announced. As previously reported, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, guard J.R. Sweezy, and linebacker Adarius Glanton have also been placed on IR, meaning that the Bucs have shut down five players for..." December 20

  • Buccaneers Place J.R. Sweezy On IR

    Pro Football Rumors "The Buccaneers announced that they have placed guard J.R. Sweezy and linebacker Adarius Glanton on injured reserve. Glanton had surgery on his broken leg on Monday night. Sweezy, meanwhile, should be able to avoid surgery for his lower leg injury, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. Sweezy..." December 19

  • NFL announces 2018 Pro Bowl rosters

    NFL.com "The Pittsburgh Steelers led all teams with a league-best eight selections in the 2018 Pro Bowl, per rosters released by the NFL on Tuesday. The Killer B's -- Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Chris Boswell -- along with linebacker Ryan Shazier (who suffered a season-ending..." December 19

  • NFL isn’t ready for high-tech replay

    Pro Football Talk "After referee Gene Steratore used a decidedly low-tech tool to determine whether the Cowboys gained a crucial first down on Sunday night, there’s been more talk that the NFL needs a high-tech system to figure out whether the ball crosses the line to gain or goal line. Some have suggested taking a..." December 19

  • NFL Network Insider: Network's Culture A "Toxic Cesspool"

    Deadspin "More details and hints about the NFL Network’s culture of misogyny and sexual misconduct have emerged in the days since Jami Cantor, a wardrobe stylist for the network, filed an amendment to her lawsuit against the company that accused Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, and Heath Evans, among others, of..." December 19

  • Bucs bench RB Doug Martin vs. Falcons for rules violation, report says

    Sporting News "The Buccaneers suspended running back Doug Martin for Monday night's game against the Falcons due to a "minor" undisclosed rules violation, according to NFL.com. Martin is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry while rushing for 402 yards through nine games this season. He also missed the season's..." December 19

  • Bucs picked up club option on Jason Licht’s contract for 2018 earlier this year, but GM’s future still not clear

    Tampa Tribune "Bucs general manager Jason Licht did not receive a contract extension after the team went 9-7 last season. Instead, the Glazer family which owns the Bucs decided to pick up a one-year club option on Licht’s contract for 2018. That happened sometime this past off-season. But while head coach..." December 18

  • Vince McMahon Planning XFL Reboot?

    Pro Football Rumors "In 2001, the WWF and NBC attempted to go toe-to-toe with the NFL. Despite a debut broadcast with tremendous ratings, the XFL quickly fizzled and folded after just one season. It now appears that wrestling magnate Vince McMahon could be ready to take another shot at professional football...." December 18

  • McCoy, David, Hargreaves all out Monday against Falcons

    Tampa Bay Times "As if containing Julio Jones and the Falcons offense weren't challenging enough, the Bucs will try to so Monday night without perhaps their top two defensive players in DT Gerald McCoy and LB Lavonte David. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter on Saturday ruled both out for Monday's game, with McCoy..." December 17

  • Key players on both teams ruled out for Falcons-Buccaneers Monday night

    Pro Football Talk "When the Falcons have the ball against the Buccaneers on Monday night, both teams will be at less than 100 percent. The Falcons have announced that running back Tevin Coleman and starting guard Andy Levitre will both miss Monday’s game. Coleman still hasn’t been cleared from a concussion he..." December 16

  • T.J. Ward clears concussion protocol

    Pro Football Talk "Buccaneers safety T.J. Ward has cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol, coach Dirk Koetter said Friday. Ward will return to the lineup Sunday against the Falcons. Ward was diagnosed with a concussion during the team’s Week 12 game against the Falcons. " December 15

  • Gerald McCoy not having biceps surgery, hopes to play Monday

    Pro Football Talk "Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has torn his biceps twice and he thought he’d hit the trifecta when he hurt it again in last Sunday’s game against the Lions. It appears McCoy has avoided the worst-case scenario, however. McCoy is not scheduled to have surgery and he’s not ready to..." December 14

  • Warren Sapp lying with explanation for giving co-workers sex toy gifts?

    Larry Brown Sports "Warren Sapp was named in a sexual harassment lawsuit that was filed recently against NFL Network, and the Hall of Famer has denied all of the allegations against him. However, one report claims Sapp is not being totally truthful. Jamie Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist for NFL Network, claims..." December 14

  • Warren Sapp admits to buying sex toys for former NFL Network co-worker

    CBS Sports "Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp took to the radio waves on Wednesday to respond to several allegations that were made against him in a sexual harassment lawsuit that was recently filed by a former employee of the NFL Network. In the lawsuit, which led to the immediate suspension of..." December 13

  • Roger Goodell plans to step aside as commissioner at end of new deal

    Larry Brown Sports "Roger Goodell’s new five-year contract is expected to be his last. NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart confirmed to reporters Wednesday that Goodell has decided to step aside as commissioner when his new deal expires in 2024, and that he intends to devote part of his time in the years to come to..." December 13

  • Report | NFL teams informed of likely 2018 salary cap

    Fanrag Sports "At the NFL owners’ meetings in Texas this week, the teams received a clearer picture of what the 2018 NFL salary cap will look like. The cap’s grown by more than $10 million in each of the past five years, and that trend could well continue come 2018. But the increase might not be quite as much..." December 13

  • Bucs’ Brent Grimes Pondering Retirement

    Pro Football Rumors "Brent Grimes is still playing football at a high level, but he’s not sure if he’ll continue in 2018. The Buccaneers cornerback says he’ll consider retirement in the offseason. “I haven’t thought about it. When the season’s over, I will,” said Grimes (via ESPN.com’s Jenna Laine). “I’m playing..." December 12

  • NFL issues memo warning teams of 'significant' punishment for abuse of officials

    ESPN "The NFL warned its teams Monday that it will begin levying "significant discipline" to anyone engaging in offensive conduct or contact against game officials, responding to a series of incidents that had grown increasingly worrisome to the NFL Referees Association. The message was delivered..." December 12

  • NFL’s concussion problem is hurting helmet manufacturers

    New York Post "The NFL concussion crisis has hit the league’s helmet makers where it hurts: in the wallet. Riddell, a leading manufacturer of football helmets for the past 85 years, has been struggling without success to sell itself in recent months despite its market dominance, sources told The Post. Ditto..." December 11