Buccaneers Rumors & News

  • Report: Jameis Winston likely out ‘another week or two’

    Larry Brown Sports "It sounds like Jameis Winston will return this season, and sooner rather than later. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback is “another week or two” from returning to action and will be re-evaluated Monday, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times." November 20

  • Jameis Winston ruled out for Week 12

    Pro Football Talk "Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston‘s been in the news for off-field reasons of late and that will continue to be the only area of activity for Winston this week. Winston has missed the team’s last two games with a right shoulder injury and Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter announced on..." November 20

  • Roger Goodell To Soon Sign Five-Year, $200M Extension

    Real GM Football "Roger Goodell's contract extension is expected to be completed in December at the owners' meetings. Momentum to delay the deal has dissipated "meaningfully," in the estimation of one league source. Jerry Jones has been attempting to block Goodell's extension." November 20

  • Attorney for Uber driver asks NFL to investigate Darby

    247 Sports "After Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby came to the defense of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston in the wake of allegations that he inappropriately touched a female Uber driver, Darby has entered the line of fire. Attorney John Clune, a specialist in Sexual Assault cases..." November 19

  • Ronald Darby: Accusations against Jameis Winston are “just not true”

    Pro Football Talk "Nearly five years ago, Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby witnessed an encounter that resulted in Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston being accused of rape, when they were teammates at Florida State. Darby also witnessed the events from nearly two years ago that resulted in Winston being accused of..." November 19

  • Bucs’ linemen ready for challenge of containing Dolphins’ Suh

    Tampa Bay Times "Asked if Miami's Ndamukong Suh is the toughest defensive tackle he's gone against, Bucs center Ali Marpet stops short of an answer. "I'll let you know after the game," said Marpet, preparing for Sunday's game against the Dolphins as the Bucs seek their first road win of the year. Perhaps the..." November 18

  • Bucs promote Freddie Martino, waive Bernard Reedy

    Pro Football Talk "Wide receiver Freddie Martino rejoined the Buccaneers’ 53-player roster four days after they cut him to activate Mike Evans from the suspended list. Tampa Bay waived wide receiver Bernard Reedy in a corresponding move. Martino has spent every week of the past two seasons on the Bucs’ active..." November 17

  • NFL investigating Jameis Winston for allegedly groping Uber driver

    New York Daily News "The NFL is investigating allegations from a female Uber driver who claims Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston grabbed her crotch while she was chauffeuring him in 2016. A woman — identified only as Kate — in an interview with Buzzfeed News recalled making her way to Scottsdale,..." November 17

  • Jameis Winston: The accusations against me are false

    Pro Football Talk "Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has released a statement in response to allegations that he groped a female Uber driver during a ride in Scottsdale, Arizona in March 2016. In the report by BuzzFeed News, Winston is accused of grabbing the driver’s crotch while waiting for food at a..." November 17

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick says Bucs are talented enough put together a win streak

    Tampa Bay Times "Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will try to make it two wins in a row against AFC East teams when he faces the Miami Dolphins Sunday. Fitzpatrick says he didn't play as well as he can in a 15-10 win over the New York Jets last Sunday. But with receiver Mike Evans returning from a one-game..." November 17

  • Players to Goodell: We'd like a jet, lifetime insurance and $50 million, too

    ESPN "ESPN reported Sunday that commissioner Roger Goodell had asked for a salary of $49.5 million a year, lifetime use of a private jet and lifetime health insurance for his family in negotiations for a contract extension. Here’s how NFL players are reacting to Goodell’s reported demands: Oakland..." November 16

  • Buccaneers Work Out Senquez Golson

    Pro Football Rumors "Tampa Bay worked out 2015 second-round cornerback Senquez Golson and 2016 seventh-round defensive end Alex McCalister, according to Sirius XM Radio’s Adam Caplan (Twitter link). Golson, who has yet to step on the field in his first three seasons, was released from the Steelers before the start..." November 15

  • Jon Gruden on coaching speculation: 'Never say never to nothing'

    USA Today "ESPN broadcaster Jon Gruden said Wednesday morning that he loves his current role as a color commentator for the network's Monday Night Football broadcasts and doesn't plan on leaving. "But as you know in life," he added, "you never say never to nothing." As the coaching rumor mill heats..." November 15

  • Papa John's tweets apology for being 'divisive' when ripping NFL

    USA Today "A couple weeks after CEO John Schnatter blamed the NFL for sagging pizza sales, Papa John's is trying to tone down the vitriol. Tuesday, the company apologized, said it supports players' protests and denounced neo-nazis, via its Twitter account On the company's earnings call earlier this..." November 15

  • Talk of a Jon Gruden return heats up in Tampa

    Pro Football Talk "Jon Gruden coached the Buccaneers to their only championship. Could they bring him back to try to win another? They might, as talk is heating up in Tampa that head coach Dirk Koetter is on the hot seat and Gruden could be his replacement. Longtime Tampa reporter Ira Kaufman said today on PFT..." November 14

  • Bucs believe quarterback Jameis Winston will play again in 2017 regardless of their record

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs want quarterback Jameis Winston to rest his injured shoulder at least through Sunday's game against the Dolphins and general manager Jason Licht has said it could be an extended period before he is under center. But Winston is expected to play again this season, regardless of the..." November 14

  • Bucs rookie Chris Godwin stepped up in Evans’ absence

    Tampa Bay Times "Bucs rookie Chris Godwin had big shoes to fill on Sunday, stepping in for his first career NFL start while Pro Bowl receiver Mike Evans was suspended. But Godwin came up big, with career highs of five catches for 68 yards, helping set up two field goals in the second half of Tampa Bay's 15-10..." November 13

  • Vernon Hargreaves done for day

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers defense has held the Jets to three points through the first 50 minutes of play, which leaves the end of their five-game losing streak in sight. They’ll need to get to the finish line without the help of cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. Hargreaves is done for the rest of the day with..." November 12

  • Bucs GM: Winston could be out for 'extended period'

    Tampa Bay Times "Quarterback Jameis Winston will miss the Jets and Dolphins games with a shoulder injury but there is no timeline for his return, meaning he could be out for "an extended period," general manager Jason Licht said Sunday. Winston saw his streak of 40 consecutive starts to begin his NFL career end..." November 12

  • Will Jon Gruden leave the booth to return to the Buccaneers? Don't rule it out

    CBS Sports "Recent speculation about Jon Gruden returning to Tampa to coach the Buccaneers is hardly out of the question, according to league sources, with the annual process of teams taking the broadcaster's temperature in the pro and college ranks about to begin, and some believing this is the year he will..." November 12

  • Dirk Koetter admits Bucs players might be losing confidence in coaching staff

    Yardbarker "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in a world of trouble, and what’s worse is head coach Dirk Koetter believes he might have already lost some of his players. The Bucs have lost five games in a row and are uncomfortably sitting at the bottom of the heap in the tough AFC South. With a record of 2-6,..." November 11

  • NFL: Owners voted unanimously to extend Goodell’s contract in May

    Pro Football Talk "Perhaps the most important point regarding the ongoing effort by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to block the extension of Commissioner Roger Goodell relates to a decision that all 32 owners made in May, including Jones. “I’d say that, on the issue of extending the Commissioner’s contract that in the..." November 09

  • Jameis Winston Fined for Poke That Led to Marshon Lattimore, Mike Evans Fight

    Bleacher Report "Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has been fined by the NFL for poking New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore during their Week 9 game. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Winston was fined $12,154 for the incident that led to Lattimore and Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans getting..." November 09

  • Roger Goodell “Furious” Over Contract Delay

    Pro Football Rumors "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is reportedly “furious” over the league’s insistence that he accept a contract that includes performance-based incentives that could still allow him to reach his prior salaries, according to Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham of ESPN.com. A potential Goodell..." November 09

  • Buccaneers Activate QB Ryan Griffin

    Pro Football Rumors "Tampa Bay activated Ryan Griffin from the injured reserve list and released third-year cornerback Ayodeji Olatoye to make room for the quarterback on the 53-man roster, the team announced today. The move did not come as a surprise after it was announced starting quarterback Jameis Winston..." November 08

  • Roger Goodell: NFL fans don’t come to stadiums ‘to be protested to’

    Sportress of Blogitude "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell perhaps made his strongest remarks regarding the league’s national anthem protest controversy by stating, “People come to our stadiums to be entertained and have fun, not to be protested to.” Goodell was a speaker at Bloomberg’s The Year Ahead Summit in New York..." November 08

  • NFL TV numbers decline infecting ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown,' other pregame shows

    Sporting News "Sunday NFL pregame shows are known for their hearty laughter. But there has been little to guffaw about this season. The NFL's TV numbers slide has infected long-running pregame shows on ESPN, NBC Sports and CBS Sports. The hardest hit has been ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" (10 a.m. to 1 p.m...." November 08

  • Bob Costas on the future of football: 'This game destroys people's brains'

    USA Today "As far as longtime sports broadcaster Bob Costas is concerned, the future of football in the United States is clear — and bleak. “The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains," he said Tuesday night. Speaking at a roundtable discussion at the University of Maryland, Costas, who..." November 08

  • Jameis Winston apologizes for inciting sideline incident, visits Dr. James Andrews for shoulder

    ESPN "Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston apologized Wednesday for inciting the incident that led to receiver Mike Evans' suspension and also said he had his throwing shoulder examined by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Winston said he's not surprised that coach Dirk Koetter suggested both he..." November 08

  • Bucs return Ryan Griffin to active roster

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers announced on Monday that quarterback Jameis Winston will not play for a couple of weeks because of a right shoulder injury. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start in his place and coach Dirk Koetter said that Ryan Griffin will serve as Fitzpatrick’s backup while Winston is out of the..." November 07

  • Mike Evans' 1-game suspension upheld on appeal

    Bleacher Report "NFL appeals officer James Trash upheld the league's one-game suspension for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans on Tuesday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Evans will now officially miss Tampa Bay's Week 10 clash with the New York Jets. The 24-year-old was initially..." November 07

  • Mike Evans apologizes for being “unprofessional” after suspension upheld

    Pro Football Talk "Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans lost his appeal and will miss Sunday’s game against the Jets. The NFL announced the decision from appeals officer James Thrash to uphold Evans’ one-game suspension. Evans shoved Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore to the ground in the Bucs’ loss to the Saints,..." November 07

  • NFL suspends Mike Evans one game for Sunday actions

    NFL.com "Saints coach Sean Payton insisted that Mike Evans should have been ejected for his Sunday antics. That didn't happen, but the NFL isn't done with the Buccaneers wide receiver. The league announced Monday that Evans has been suspended one game without pay for violating unsportsmanlike conduct..." November 06

  • Jameis Winston Shut Down 'Several Weeks' with Shoulder Injury

    Bleacher Report "Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter announced the team will shut down quarterback Jameis Winston for a 'several weeks' due to his shoulder issues. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times first reported word of the Buccaneers' plans. Winston is dealing with an "AC joint sprain and a rear..." November 06

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick could be Buccaneers' starter against Jets

    Newark Star-Ledger "You just knew the Football Gods would intervene, right? Somehow, someway, Buccaneers backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would be in the starting lineup for their Week 10 battle with the Jets. And guess what? It's happening. Maybe. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay's starter, injured his..." November 06

  • Sean Payton: Mike Evans should have been ejected

    NFL.com "New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton believes Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans should have been ejected for shoving rookie defensive back Marshon Lattimore to the turf during the third quarter of Sunday's game. "If there's not an ejection in that situation then I don't know when..." November 06

  • Is Patrick Murray the answer to the Bucs’ kicking prayers?

    Tampa Bay Times "He has been back with the Bucs for three games, but he still doesn’t have a wood-carved nameplate over his locker. Nick Folk’s name is still over a stall. "I’m just happy to have a locker," Patrick Murray said. He has been the answer to a prayer. And this is a man who prays. A..." November 05

  • Bucs' William Gholston stretchered off field with neck injury

    Sporting News "The Buccaneers lost defensive end William Gholston in the third quarter of Sunday's 30-10 loss against the Saints after suffering a scary neck injury. Gholston, 26, a fifth-year pro out of Michigan State, remained on the turf after suffering what originally appeared to be a non-contact injury...." November 05

  • Jameis Winston comes off sideline to instigate a fight after getting pulled

    CBS Sports "Jameis Winston's Sunday began with one of the weirdest pump-up speeches that left his Buccaneers teammates scratching their heads. It ended with a seat on the bench. Check that: It should've ended with a seat on bench after he got pulled at halftime for backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, but instead,..." November 05

  • Tampa Bay housecleaning could be coming

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers entered the season with high expectations. A Week Two thumping of the Bears underscored the reality that the Hard Knocks darlings could be ready to end a playoff drought that dates back a decade. Halfway through the season, the Bucs have lost six of seven and, for all intents and..." November 05

  • Jameis Winston (shoulder) questionable to return

    NFL.com "Tampa Bay's franchise quarterback has been relegated to the sideline. Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Jameis Winston to start the second half after Winston left due to a shoulder injury. Winston is questionable to return, the team announced. Winston was noticeably hindered by the injury during the..." November 05

  • Koetter concerned that culture of losing lingers

    JoeBucsFan.com "It’s hard to forget Dirk Koetter’s sobering talk to Tampa Bay media in September 2016 about the Bucs having a losing culture. Koetter was going there again today. After losing the home opener last season to the Rams and falling to 1-2, Koetter said the following: “There’s something in our..." November 04

  • NFL owners called for depositions, cellphone records in Colin Kaepernick collusion case

    ESPN "Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, among others, will be deposed and asked to turn over all cellphone records and emails in relation to the Colin Kaepernick collusion case against the NFL, a league source told ESPN's Adam..." November 03

  • CBS boss Les Moonves: NFL player protests not affecting advertising

    Sporting News "While Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter is blaming “poor leadership” at the NFL, vis a vis player protests during the national anthem, for a decline in the company’s pizza sales, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves insists there is no evidence of advertiser erosion during broadcasts of the league’s..." November 03

  • Jameis Winston set to practice on Wednesday

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers have held quarterback Jameis Winston out of practice the last two Wednesdays due to the right shoulder injury he suffered in their Week Six loss to the Cardinals, but they’re trying a different approach this week. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Winston will take..." November 01

  • Bucs won’t decide Jameis Winston plan for this week until Wednesday

    Tampa Bay Times "Jameis Winston gives the Bucs the best chance to win each game. If he is healthy enough, he plays. Thirty-nine straight games, this has been true. It’s the Bucs and Winston. They’re as inseparable as a man and his shadow. But Winston is hurt. The only thing anybody debates is the degree to..." October 31

  • Bucs fans begin to clamor for Jon Gruden

    Pro Football Talk "The expectations were high in Tampa this year. And that’s only making the 2-5 start to the season seem even worse. It’s gotten to the point where, as noted by JoeBucsFan.com, fans leaving the Raymond James Stadium after the Week Eight loss to the Panthers were chanting “Gruden.” As in former..." October 30

  • James Andrew Miller: Why ESPN Could Abandon NFL Football

    The Hollywood Reporter "It’s not outlandish to entertain a previously unthinkable prospect: Might ESPN elect to go without rights to NFL games? ​In a span of less than five years, industry giant ESPN has seen its narrative transformed from that of a mighty colossus into the hard-luck tale of a ragtag warrior. As it..." October 30

  • Why NFL trade deadline does not produce NBA-, MLB-like blockbuster deals

    Sporting News "Every year as the NFL trade deadline nears, we speculate about player trades. And every year, the trade deadline comes and goes with almost no action. To many, it seems odd that the NFL has not embraced trades the way other leagues have. Bad teams in other sports become sellers, and the trade..." October 30

  • Koetter: Jameis Winston re-injured shoulder at Buffalo

    Pro Football Talk "Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston‘s injury to his throwing shoulder continues to hamper him, in part because he re-injured it last Sunday in Buffalo. Via JoeBucsFan.com, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter revealed on SiriusXM NFL Radio that a sack-fumble in the second quarter against the Bills..." October 28