Buccaneers Rumors & News

  • Buccaneers sign O.J. Howard

    Pro Football Talk "Another first-round pick has signed his first NFL contract. Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard became the latest addition to the list on Monday. The team announced that Howard has signed his four-year deal, which, like all deals for first-round picks, grants them an option for a fifth season." May 22

  • Bucs release Sean Renfree to make room for Ryan Fitzpatrick

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers made some paperwork official Monday, and parted ways with a quarterback after adding Ryan Fitzpatrick. The team announced that the veteran quarterback officially signed his contract. To make room for him on the 90-man roster, they waived quarterback Sean Renfree. The Bucs..." May 22

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick “excited” to join Buccaneers

    Pro Football Talk "While it wasn’t quite the same 44-shot uzi-spray that a Jets quarterback once used on the way through the door, a former Jets quarterback has repeatedly uttered the E-word when talking about his new team. New Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, in comments to the team’s official website..." May 22

  • Bucs putting pressure on WR DeSean Jackson to live up to contract

    Tampa Bay Times "If you think the Bucs will pressure WR DeSean Jackson to live up to his contract, well, you're right on the money. At least that's the message from offensive coordinator/receivers coach Todd Monken to the 30-year-old Jackson, who signed a three-year, $33.5 million contract as a Redskins free..." May 22

  • Roberto Aguayo embracing competition vs. Nick Folk

    NFL.com "One of the most fascinating position battles (and Hard Knocks storylines) is the kicking competition down in Tampa between Roberto Aguayo and Nick Folk. It's not often that a former second-round pick faces choppy waters like this heading into his second campaign. The Buccaneers added Folk this..." May 21

  • Eight NFL teams that could become dynasties

    Sportsnaut "Sports dynasties are hard. There’s no real definition — just ask baseball fans about the San Francisco Giants from 2010-14 — and a definitive dynasty doesn’t come around in any sport, let alone football, in the salary cap era. When you think of dynasties during the Super Bowl era, you think of..." May 21

  • What the Ryan Fitzpatrick signing says about the Bucs' expectations

    Tampa Bay Times "It's a bad idea. What are the Bucs thinking? This is simply not the right guy to be the No. 2 quarterback to sit behind franchise savior Jameis Winston. Not with that beard. Not in this heat. Aside from that, Ryan Fitzpatrick would seem to be a perfect fit for the Bucs. He's 34. He's played..." May 20

  • J.R. Sweezy already building reputation on Bucs' line

    Tampa Bay Times "J.R. Sweezy has yet to have the first practice in pads with the Bucs, but in advance of next week's start of OTAs, he's already building a reputation as bringing some nastiness to Tampa Bay's offensive line. It started last month, when Ali Marpet said Sweezy has "a little bit of a mean streak"..." May 19

  • Buccaneers didn’t pursue Colin Kaepernick as Jameis Winston backup

    Pro Football Talk "Deferring to others the question of whether Colin Kaepernick and his 16 touchdown passes against four interceptions with 11 starts would have been a better choice for the Buccaneers than Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 12 touchdown passes against 17 interceptions with 11 starts, the question for now is whether..." May 19

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick, Who Threw as Many Interceptions in 2 Weeks as Colin Kaepernick Has Thrown in 2 Years, Gets Job

    The Big Lead "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ryan Fitzpatrick have agreed to terms. The addition of a 34-year-old backup quarterback coming off a dreadful season isn’t the most exciting news in the world. But, luckily, it shouldn’t be viewed in a vacuum anyway. With each and every middling quarterback to find..." May 19

  • Buccaneers sign veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

    New York Daily News "Ryan Fitzpatrick has found his seventh NFL home. The ex-Jets quarterback has agreed to a free-agent deal with the Buccaneers, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Fitzpatrick, 34, the journeyman QB out of Harvard, will compete to be Jameis Winston’s backup in Tampa. The Bucs did not have a..." May 19

  • Buccaneers wide receiver earns $11 an hour in offseason job that helps others

    CBS Sports "Save the occasional endorsement appearance or perhaps a charity event, NFL players usually don't spend their offseasons working. That's one of the fringe benefits to earning seven- to eight-figure annual salaries. But for players like Bernard Reedy, a former undrafted free agent who has never..." May 19

  • Teen who burglarized Gerald McCoy's house gets 5 years in prison

    Tampa Bay Times "The teenager who was charged with the armed burglary of Gerald McCoy's home, injuring the Bucs' player's father hours before a game in November, has been sentenced to five years in prison in a plea agreement related to six other felony charges against him. Justin Frazier, 18, of Wesley Chapel..." May 19

  • Buccaneers' Koetter says Martin's status 'yet to be determined'

    JoeBucsFan.com "Perhaps the most direct comment on Doug Martin’s status with the Bucs was spoken this afternoon. While local Bucs reporters were busy interviewing assistant coaches, transcribing quotes and publishing stories at One Buc Palace today, winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter did a spot on ESPN’s NFL Live..." May 19

  • Monken: DeSean Jackson took the money and better be great

    Tampa Bay Times "If you think the Bucs will pressure DeSean Jackson to live up to his contract, well, you’re right on the money. At least that’s the message from offensive coordinator/receivers coach Todd Monken to the 30-year-old Jackson, who signed a three-year, $33.5-million contract as a Redskins' free..." May 19

  • NFL owners expected to approve proposal reducing overtime to 10 minutes

    Sportsnaut "The NFL’s overtime rules are expected to receive a major change in the form of how long the overtime period will last. NFL owners are expected to pass a proposal that would reduce the overtime period from 15 minutes to 10 during regular season games, per Judy Battista of NFL Media. This was a..." May 17

  • Jacquies Smith signs RFA tender with Bucs

    Pro Football Talk "Restricted free agent defensive end Jacquies Smith took a visit with the 49ers in March, but didn’t get an offer sheet from G.M. John Lynch so there was little doubt about where he’s be playing during the 2017 season. The only thing that was in doubt was when Smith would sign his tender offer..." May 17

  • Buccaneers most likely to snap lengthy playoff drought

    NFL.com "For each and every Patriots fan riding high through the skies, there's a forlorn football follower wondering if success, joy and trophies will ever come. Case in point: The Bengals haven't won a playoff game since wiping out the old Houston Oilers 41-14 on Jan 6, 1991. That's a ridiculous..." May 16

  • Explaining why Doug Martin remains relevant to Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times "One thing the Bucs had to consider with Doug Martin's comeback from his suspension and rehab is his popularity with teammates and coaches. Consider this reaction from linebacker Lavonte David when he first saw Martin at One Buc Place during off-season workouts. "As soon as he saw me, he ran up..." May 14

  • Bucs think fitter, thinner Noah Spence can be a “15-plus sack guy”

    Tampa Bay Times "The great expectations for Bucs defensive end Noah Spence started last month, when Gerald McCoy said he had a "breakout year" ahead in his second NFL season. Then teammate Robert Ayers said Wednesday that Spence could be "a 15-plus sack guy," an impressive leap from his 6.5-sack rookie..." May 13

  • Bucs sign Purdue DE Evan Panfil to contract after minicamp

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs have signed one of their tryout players from last week's rookie minicamp to a contract, announcing on Thursday the addition of defensive end Evan Panfil of Purdue. Panfil, 22, led Purdue with 12 tackles for loss as a senior and tied for the team lead with five sacks. He's 6-foot-4 and..." May 12

  • Alberto Riveron named NFL senior VP of officiating

    NFL.com "The NFL has a new team atop their officiating department. According to a release sent out by the league Wednesday, Alberto Riveron was named the senior vice president of officiating, filling the role vacated by former officiating head Dean Blandino. Russell Yurk, an NFL replay veteran of..." May 10

  • Buccaneers sign Robert McClain

    Pro Football Talk "As of Tuesday, free agent signings no longer count toward the compensatory pick formula used by the NFL so the Buccaneers’ addition of a veteran cornerback won’t wind up costing them when it comes time to hand out extra selections for next year’s draft. Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports..." May 09

  • Take a ride with a big Bucs lineman who lived in his SUV

    Tampa Bay Times "He didn't live in a van down by the river. Let's get that straight. He lived in an SUV down by the beach. "Not homeless, just a choice," Stevie Tu'ikolovatu said with a smile. Tu'ikolovatu — "Stevie T." to Bucs players and coaches who gave up trying to pronounce his name last weekend..." May 09

  • Ex-NFL WR Louis Murphy has gun charge dropped

    Yardbarker "Former NFL wide receiver Louis Murphy made headlines in April when he was arrested on a gun charge at Tampa International Airport. A loaded handgun was found in his luggage, and Murphy faced a felony count of carrying a concealed weapon. That’s a thing of the past now, as Greg Auman of the..." May 08

  • Bucs not expected to sign Clearwater's Riley Cooper

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs are not expected to sign former Eagles receiver Riley Cooper after a three-day tryout with the team during rookie minicamp. Cooper, 29, hasn't played in the NFL since being released by the Eagles in February 2016. Coach Dirk Koetter said the former Gators and Clearwater Central..." May 08

  • Bucs' Conte, Tandy welcome competition at safety

    Tampa Bay Times "Chris Conte and Keith Tandy combined for some of the biggest plays in the Bucs' five-game win streak last season, but the offseason saw the Bucs sign J.J. Wilcox as a free agent and draft Texas A&M's Justin Evans in the second round, setting up all kinds of competition for playing time this..." May 07

  • Riley Cooper likely a long shot to make the team in Tampa

    Pro Football Talk "Receiver Riley Cooper, out of football for a full season, has received a chance to make the team in Tampa. It’s a chance in theory; it’s a long shot in reality. The Buccaneers currently have an abundance of receivers, from Mike Evans to DeSean Jackson to Adam Humphries to rookie Chris Godwin to..." May 07

  • Cameron Brate excited to have O.J. Howard added to Bucs offense

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs' Cameron Brate tied for the NFL lead among tight ends with eight touchdowns last season, and he's excited to see what the Bucs offense can do with first-round pick O.J. Howard added as another tight end to challenge opposing defenses. "He's an awesome guy, soft-spoken, humble," said..." May 06

  • Bucs discovery? An 'old-school' linebacker/hockey player from the Congo

    Tampa Bay Times "If undrafted rookies are the NFL's true underdogs when it comes to making a roster, then this weekend's Bucs rookie minicamp features another 26 tryout players battling just for the right to such tough odds. They are Bucs for a weekend, with three days to show themselves worthy of a spot on the..." May 05

  • Riley Cooper trying out for Buccaneers

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers are holding their rookie minicamp this weekend, but they are also reportedly taking a look at a more seasoned player. The team announced that former Eagles wideout Riley Cooper is trying out over the weekend. Cooper was released by the Eagles last February and did not catch on..." May 05

  • Bucs RB Doug Martin OK after being involved in car accident

    ESPN "Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was involved in a car accident in Tampa early Thursday afternoon. According to Tampa Police, at approximately 1:15 p.m., Martin's black BMW was struck by a black Kia in the middle of an intersection, resulting in the Kia ramming into the side of a..." May 04

  • Bucs among teams with a late-round pick who could be a star

    Tampa Bay Times "In 2016, it was Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Bears running back Jordan Howard. Two years ago, it was Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi, Patriots edge defender Trey Flowers, and Falcons interior defender Grady Jarrett. Day 3 of the NFL draft can still provide long-term, quality starters, but teams..." May 04

  • Former Jameis Winston teammate among Buccaneers undrafted additions

    Pro Football Talk "Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was likely happy to see that the team brought him new targets in tight end O.J. Howard and wide receiver Chris Godwin with two of their first three picks in the draft. The team’s group of undrafted free agent additions includes three more targets, including..." May 01

  • Bettors quickly push Patriots' win total up to 11.5

    ESPN "A Las Vegas sportsbook on Sunday opened the New England Patriots' season win total at 11, the highest of any team. That number didn't last long. Shortly after posting the first NFL win totals in Las Vegas, the sportsbook at the South Point casino took multiple $1,000 bets on New England to..." May 01

  • Bucs meet goal of adding speed in NFL draft

    Tampa Bay Times "The goal still is written on a grease board in Jason Licht's office. The Bucs general manager left it there after a meeting several months ago as a constant reminder that his team had a need for speed. Nowhere is this more important or obvious than on offense, where the Bucs quickly got quicker..." April 30

  • Bucs grab safety Justin Evans in second round, receiver Chris Godwin in third

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs put their search for a running back on hold for a day Friday, taking safety Justin Evans of Texas A&M in the second round of the draft and going back to offense with receiver Chris Godwin of Penn State in the third round. Evans, who could also help on kickoff returns, had four..." April 29

  • Tampa GM: Bucs 'very happy' with RB Doug Martin

    NFL.com "When Doug Martin's suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances came down, it allowed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get out of the running back's contract, if so desired. Months ago, it seemed likely the Bucs would move on from their high-priced running..." April 29

  • Chargers, Jets, Bucs among teams calling about No. 33

    Pro Football Talk "The Packers said they are open for business when it came to trade discussions involving the No. 33 pick and their baiting of the hook appears to be getting some nibbles. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Chargers, Jets and Buccaneers are among the teams calling the Packers about making a..." April 28

  • 10 best players still available in 2017 NFL Draft

    Larry Brown Sports "The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft has officially come to a close and 32 players now have a new home. But what about all the players who remain? What about those who unexpectedly fell? And just how far will those with question-mark players continue to fall? Each of those are legitimate..." April 28

  • Buccaneers select Alabama TE O.J. Howard

    247 Sports "Alabama tight end O.J. Howard was selected with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday evening. Howard was the first tight end and the third former Crimson Tide player off draft boards in Philadelphia. Howard recorded 45 catches for 595 yards and..." April 28

  • Where the Bucs could find a development quarterback

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs, quite blissfully for their fans, do not need to draft a starting quarterback this week. Appreciate that fact, as teams that don't have an answer at football's most crucial position scramble to try to find one. For all the drama involved in trading up or reaching for a quarterback at..." April 26

  • Buccaneers in talks to move back in draft, perhaps out of 1st round

    Pro Football Talk "There was a report early this week that many of the teams drafting at the top of the first round are open to trading down and that feeling apparently extends to the later sections of the round as well. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Buccaneers have spoken to “at least three teams” about..." April 26

  • Jon Gruden: Not drafting Aaron Rodgers is 'one of the greatest regrets in my lifetime'

    ESPN "The day before the 2005 NFL draft, Aaron Rodgers joked with a few other prospects that they should throw some money in a pool to see who would be the last one called out of the green room at the Javits Convention Center in New York. By the time Rodgers was picked at No. 24 by the Green Bay..." April 26

  • Linebackers not a high priority this draft for Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times "In Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander, the Bucs have two young linebackers who never come off the field when healthy, key parts of Tampa Bay's defense for the present and future. The Bucs' third linebacker spot is something of a part-time job, as the strongside linebacker comes off the field..." April 25

  • 'Bloodbath' in Bristol: ESPN could cut 70 people

    Sporting News "The layoffs at ESPN might turn out worse than predicted, sources tell Sporting News. The Worldwide Leader in Sports could cut around 70 TV/radio anchors, reporters, analysts and online writers over coming days and weeks, sources said. That would be worse than the 40 to 50 on-air talents..." April 25

  • Jameis Winston still musing about playing baseball

    JoeBucsFan.com "Joe interrupts the pre-draft frenzy to give legions of Buccaneers fans heart palpitations. America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, spoke to the Talk of Fame Network this week (full audio below) and was asked how serious he was about baseball. For those unaware, Jameis was drafted by the Texas..." April 25

  • Bucs might look to draft to add downfield receiving threats

    Tampa Bay Times ""We need more speed and when we say playmakers, playmakers and explosive plays are one and the same," he said. "Guys that can make explosives, guys that can catch a 10-yard pass, break one tackle and turn it into a 30-yard gain. … In my opinion, we played close to our talent level." It was no..." April 24

  • Buccaneers continue to reveal truth about HBO’s Hard Knocks

    Florida Football Insider "You really have to give the Buccaneers credit. They’re doing a great job, at least on the public eye, of embracing the fact they were chosen as the featured team for the new season of HBO’s Hard Knocks. And make no mistake, this was indeed someone else’s choice. It certainly wasn’t the Bucs...." April 23

  • Don't look past pass rushers as top Bucs pick

    Tampa Bay Times "If you don't have a franchise quarterback in the NFL, the search for one is always a draft priority. And once you have one, another must is a dominant pass rusher who can get to the other team's franchise quarterback. Do the Bucs have such a pass rusher on their roster? Noah Spence had 5.5..." April 21