Buccaneers Rumors & News

  • Buccaneers, Jaguars to hold joint practices in August

    Pro Football Talk "The Jaguars and Buccaneers will be spending some practice time together for the second straight year. The teams announced on Thursday that they will spend two days practicing together in Jacksonville this summer. They will practice on August 14 and 15 before facing off in a preseason game at..." May 25

  • Bucs RB Doug Martin says he is 'stronger person' after drug rehab

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin broke his silence Thursday, speaking publicly for the first time since leaving the team in Week 16 to enter a drug treatment program. "It was a journey of self-development," Martin said. "It was definitely hard being away from my friends and family...." May 25

  • Dirk Koetter criticizes Bucs’ Twitter for trolling Falcons with ’28-3′

    Sportsnaut "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons got into a friendly Twitter joust Wednesday, with the end result being the Bucs account trolling the Falcons with a 28-3 reference. As you might be aware, that represents the score of Super Bowl LI before the Falcons allowed the New England Patriots..." May 25

  • Roberto Aguayo needs to stop missing kicks pronto

    NFL.com "Last month, we pumped up the upcoming training camp battle between Bucs kickers Roberto Aguayo and veteran newcomer Nick Folk as one of the most fascinating subplots of this summer's Hard Knocks. Based on what we're hearing out of OTAs in Tampa, it's fair to wonder if there will be any drama..." May 24

  • Super Bowl LV relocated to Tampa; L.A. to host SB LVI

    NFL.com "The Super Bowl's long-awaited return to Los Angeles will be delayed, but only for a year. Days after it was revealed the opening of the Rams and Chargers' joint stadium would be delayed by a year, league owners voted unanimously Tuesday to relocate the site of Super Bowl LV in 2021 from L.A. to..." May 23

  • Roberto Aguayo fails in first public head-to-head with Nick Folk

    JoeBucsFan.com "Oh, boy. Not a good start to spring kicking — in front of media — for Roberto Aguayo. During a special teams period at this afternoon’s no-pads practice — 11-on-11 while kicking into narrower-than-normal goal posts — Aguayo missed at least three of the four kicks he attempted. The first..." May 23

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick on Jets dismissal: 'They pulled the chair out from under me'

    Sporting News "Ryan Fitzpatrick realized that being cut by the Jets is just part of the business, but that doesn't make the transition any easier. The veteran quarterback was signed as Jameis' Winston's backup late last week, and he was ready for practice Tuesday afternoon. When asked about his dimissal from..." May 23

  • Tampa new favorite to host L.A.’s Super Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "The record rains in Southern California might be costing more than a season of Rams and Chargers games. With the league reluctant to play a Super Bowl in the first year of a new stadium, other contenders are now in the mix to host the 2021 Super Bowl. According to Jeff Duncan of the New..." May 23

  • 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