Buccaneers Rumors & News

  • Bucs LB Kendell Beckwith fractured ankle in car accident

    Tampa Bay Times "Bucs linebacker Kendell Beckwith fractured his ankle in a car accident in Louisiana last week, putting his status for the start of the upcoming season in question. General manager Jason Licht said that Beckwith had surgery Tuesday to repair his injured ankle, but did not yet know whether his..." April 19

  • Strahan, Bradshaw, Long to work Thursday night pregame for FOX

    Pro Football Talk "FOX still hasn’t announced who will be in the booth on Thursday Night Football this season, but it has announced who will be on the pregame set. Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long will work the pregame show on Thursday nights, FOX announced today." April 18

  • NFL to release 2018 regular-season schedule Thursday

    NFL.com "The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule will soon be here. The schedule will be announced exclusively on NFL Network during the 2018 NFL Schedule Release Presented by Verizon at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday as part of a two-hour long special. The special will be hosted by Scott Hanson and feature NFL..." April 18

  • Buccaneers pick up Jameis Winston's fifth-year option

    NFL.com "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- to the surprise of nobody -- are putting their faith in Jameis Winston. The team on Tuesday picked up the quarterback's $20.922 million fifth-year option. The deadline to employ the injury-guaranteed option on players from Winston's 2015 draft class is May 2. Rick..." April 17

  • Buccaneers Re-Sign RFA WR Adam Humphries

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers restricted free-agent WR Adam Humphries has signed his one-year tender for the 2018 season on Monday. Tampa Bay placed the second-round restricted tender on Humphries, which will cost them $2.914 million for the 2018..." April 16

  • NFL, NFLPA announce ban of 10 helmet models after laboratory study

    CBS Sports "The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement Monday that they have banned 10 helmet models from being used in the future. Six of the 10 helmet models are banned immediately, while four are only permitted to be worn by the players that wore them in 2017. The results of the laboratory testing,..." April 16

  • How Penn State RB Saquon Barkley would ignite the Bucs offense … if only they could draft him

    Tampa Bay Times "Saquon Barkley Position: Running back College: Penn State Height/weight: 6-3, 233 Draft projection: First round Why he would make sense for the Bucs: Barkley is arguably the best overall player in the draft. Despite his exceptional size, he ran a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash, had a..." April 15

  • The NFL is reportedly dumping its Color Rush uniforms this year

    Awful Announcing "NFL fans expecting to see the ridiculously colored “Color Rush” uniforms during Thursday Night Football this season appear to be in for a rude awakening. According to sports radio guru Jason Barrett of Barrett Sports Media, Fox Sports EVP of Programming, Research and Content Strategy Bill..." April 11

  • Bucs To Host FSU Running Back

    Pewter Report "The list of visits the Bucs have hosted have been a who’s who of mainly first round talent. But, Bucs general manager Jason Licht and his staff are also looking to find the diamonds in the rough. A player that caught Licht’s eye in Tallahassee a couple week’s ago at the FSU pro day is one..." April 08

  • Jameis Winston says he will make better use of DeSean Jackson in 2018

    Larry Brown Sports "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invested a lot in wide receiver DeSean Jackson last offseason. He didn’t have the best season, and his quarterback seems to believe he’s at least partly to blame. On Friday, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston vowed to do better by Jackson, responding to an article..." April 07

  • FOX Sports Working on Plan to Have Michael Strahan Host 'Thursday Night Football' Pregame Show in New York

    SI "A source tells SI.com that FOX’s plan for its “Thursday Night Football” pregame show is to bring it to New York City with a scaled down version of its regular “FOX NFL Sunday” cast. The network, whose Sunday NFL pregame show is based Los Angeles, is expected to air Thursday’s show from the Big..." April 06

  • No Sweatpants in Public: Inside the Rule Books for N.F.L. Cheerleaders

    New York Times "Cheerleaders for the Carolina Panthers, known as the TopCats, must arrive at the stadium on game days at least five hours before kickoff. Body piercings and tattoos must be removed or covered. Water breaks can be taken only when the Panthers are on offense. TopCats must leave the stadium to change..." April 02

  • Jameis Winston seeks advice from other quarterbacks on how to manage injuries

    Tampa Bay Times "Jameis Winston has always been a hard worker, but because of his right shoulder injury that forced him to miss three games last season and play hurt in three others, he's taken it to a new level. Winston took only two weeks off after the 2017 season and generally works out twice a day. The..." April 02

  • Mitch Unrein eager to bring versatility to Bucs defensive line

    Tampa Bay Times "Defensive lineman Mitch Unrein is a big part of the Bucs' efforts to improve their run defense, and while sacks are what get headlines, he's stayed in the NFL for seven years by doing the dirty work against the run. "I've always tried to hang my hat on being a good run defender, a run stopper,"..." March 31

  • Joel Glazer: Dirk Koetter deserves credit for Bucs playing hard late in season

    Pro Football Talk "Dirk Koetter’s job security appeared in question after the Buccaneers went only 5-11 last season after being expected to contend for the postseason. Instead, the sometimes impatient owners of the team decided to give Koetter another season. Koetter got a pass because of extenuating..." March 29

  • Goodell: Helmet should be for protection, not a weapon

    NFL.com "A day after the NFL broadened the helmet-hit rule, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expanded on the decision the league hopes will help make the game safer. "Our focus is how to take the head out of the game and make sure that we're using the helmet as protection, and it's not being used as a..." March 28

  • NFL Competition Committee may consider eliminating kickoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "Kickoffs may be the next NFL stalwart to go out the window in the name of player safety. Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL Competition Committee, said that if nobody can find a way to reduce injuries on kickoffs, the committee will strongly consider eliminating them..." March 28

  • NFL institutes 15-yard penalty, possible ejection for lowering head to make hit

    ESPN "NFL owners passed an unexpected rule Tuesday that will expand penalties for helmet-to-helmet contact, one that is more significant and far-reaching than the NCAA's targeting rule. Under the change, a player will be penalized 15 yards and potentially ejected any time he lowers his head to..." March 27

  • NFL gives officiating office authority to eject players remotely

    Pro Football Talk "Ejections are no longer at the sole discretion of the on-field officials. The NFL’s owners voted today on a new rule that authorizes a designated member of the officiating department to instruct on-field game officials to eject a player who commits “a flagrant non-football act,” if a foul for..." March 27

  • CBS says fewer ad breaks in NFL games will stay for the 2018 season

    Awful Announcing "Last season, the NFL and its television partners reduced the amount of ad breaks from five per quarter to four. That was in hopes of stopping the silly score-commercial-kickoff-commercial sequence. While it did reduce the number of those silly sequences, the change didn’t get rid of them..." March 27

  • Owners unanimously approve simplified catch rule

    ESPN "NFL owners approved new rules and bylaws on Tuesday, including unanimously approving the proposal to change the league's catch rule and authorizing in-game ejections from the league's officiating office. The owners also made permanent the rule change that teams start from the 25-yard line after..." March 27

  • Pass interference rule unlikely to be changed to 15-yard penalty

    ESPN "A proposal to change the NFL's defensive pass interference rule to a 15-yard penalty, rather than a spot foul, does not appear to have enough support to pass this week at the league's owners meetings. New York Giants co-owner John Mara said that he was one of the few competition committee..." March 26

  • Packers, Browns, Bucs, Cowboys Looking For Safeties

    Pro Football Rumors "The Packers, Browns, Buccaneers, and Cowboys are among the clubs searching for free agent safety help, as Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com writes in a wide analysis of what has been a stagnant safety market. Safeties who still remain unsigned including starting options such as Eric Reid, Tre..." March 25

  • The quarterback derby in NFL draft will push a very good player to Bucs at No. 7

    Tampa Bay Times "We are about a month away from the NFL draft, and a lot still can happen to alter the complexion of the first round. But this much seems true: Four quarterbacks are likely to go in the first seven picks, if not sooner: USC's Sam Darnold, Wyoming's Josh Allen, UCLA's Josh Rosen and Oklahoma's..." March 25

  • Leavitt happy to see Pierre-Paul back in Tampa with Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times "Former USF coach Jim Leavitt, who first spotted Jason Pierre-Paul in a high school gym, said he's thrilled to see the former Bulls defensive end back in Tampa with the Bucs. "I expect him to have a great year with the Bucs," said Leavitt, who coached Pierre-Paul in 2009 in his only season..." March 24

  • Buccaneers wanted Jason Pierre-Paul for his resilience after accident

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Buccaneers new defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul fought back tears Friday when he was asked about the fireworks explosion in 2015 that severely mangled his right hand and nearly ended his career. "Sorry, I get emotional when I talk about my injury. Sorry," he said, removing his glasses..." March 24

  • Bucs bring back offensive lineman Evan Smith

    Pro Football Talk "The Bucs have been aggressive about working on both lines, but they brought back a familiar face on offense. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Bucs have brought back center-guard Evan Smith for a fifth season in Tampa. Smith has started 28 games the last four seasons in..." March 23

  • NFL not considering rule change on fumbles through the end zone

    Pro Football Talk "The rule that says a fumble into the end zone and out of bounds goes to the defense on the 20-yard line seems illogical. But it’s not going anywhere. Among the many rules changes the league will consider at next week’s owners’ meeting, there’s nothing about the fumble touchback rule, which many..." March 23

  • NFL considering ‘McDaniels rule’ allowing assistants to take new jobs during playoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL would probably like to avoid ever seeing the Josh McDaniels coaching fiasco ever happen again, and a subsequent rule change would ensure that it doesn’t. NFL Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay confirmed that the league is considering a rule change that would allow assistant..." March 23

  • Giants Trade Jason Pierre-Paul To Buccaneers

    Pro Football Rumors "The Giants trading defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and a 2018 fourth-round pick to the Buccaneers, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. The Giants will receive a 2018 third-round pick and a fourth-round pick in the deal. The move comes as a total surprise as we have not heard any rumblings of JPP..." March 22

  • Ex-NFLers say league is trying to ‘rig’ concussion settlement, dementia claims are going unpaid

    New York Daily News "Victims of NFL concussions are tired of waiting for their money. Frustrated that their clients aren't getting paid fast enough, lawyers for players entitled to a share of the league's billion-dollar class-action concussion settlement said the NFL needs help finding its wallet. Specifically,..." March 21

  • West Coast teams want NFL rule limiting early kickoffs

    Pro Football Talk "Teams that play in the Pacific time zone are tired of early kickoffs on the East Coast (and even earlier kickoffs in London), and they want the NFL to limit them. Toward that end, the 49ers, Chargers and Cardinals have proposed a rule to be discussed at next week’s league meeting that would..." March 20

  • Spring league Alliance of American Football to launch in 2019 on CBS

    CBS Sports "The XFL, the controversial football league founded by Vince McMahon in 1999 that lasted just one season, is set to return in 2020. But it won't be the only new professional football league -- or even the first to begin play. Charlie Ebersol -- the son of NBC executive Dick Ebersol, McMahon's..." March 20

  • NFL VP Troy Vincent confirms changes to NFL catch rule

    ESPN "The NFL's competition committee is expected to propose a new catch rule that would eliminate the "going to the ground" distinction in addition to reinforcing a high standard for overturning calls via replay, league executive vice president Troy Vincent confirmed Tuesday to the Washington..." March 20

  • Proposed rule could allow officials at NFL office to eject players after instant replay

    Sporting News "Egregious “non-football acts" could be subject for ejection next season even if referees don't call for expulsion on the field. Troy Vincent, executive vice president of football operations, told USA Today Sports on Monday that the league’s competition committee will propose a rule allowing..." March 20

  • Saints wide receiver Josh Huff suspended 2 games for 2016 incident: source

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints signed wide receiver Josh Huff in February hoping he could resurrect his career after being a free agent during the entire 2017 season. Huff should still have that opportunity, but even if he makes the roster, he'll miss the start of the 2018 season because the NFL has..." March 19

  • Report: Buccaneers sign DE Vinny Curry

    Sportsnaut "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly added some edge pass-rush talent to go with All-Pro Gerald McCoy along the defensive line. According to ESPN’s Jenna Laine, Tampa Bay has signed former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry to a three-year, $27 million contract. Curry, 29, was..." March 17

  • Allen will be a perfect fit for the Bucs defense and in the locker room

    Tampa Bay Times "Beau Allen had not met a single teammate when he walked into One Buc Place to survey his new surroundings Thursday and hold an introductory news conference. But it was immediately clear, unlike recent free agents, the Eagles defensive tackle won't have trouble blending into a new locker..." March 16

  • Bucs sign Ryan Jensen to four-year deal

    USA Today "After meeting with former Baltimore Ravens center Ryan Jensen, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially agreed to terms with him and Jensen is set to become a Buccaneer. According to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Bucs signed C Jensen to a four-year, $42 million deal with $22 million..." March 16

  • Bucs re-sign top pass-rushing end Will Clarke

    Pewter Report "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made a trend of the 2018 new year by signing their own guys. That continued on Thursday as the team came to terms with defensive end Will Clarke. Clarke was previously with the Cincinnati Bengals for three seasons before joining the Bucs last season. " March 16

  • Report: Doug Martin agrees to deal with Raiders

    Larry Brown Sports "Doug Martin had an extremely disappointing last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the team released him, but the veteran running back now has an opportunity to revive his career under Jon Gruden. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Thursday that the Oakland Raiders have..." March 15

  • Vikings Interested In OL Kevin Pamphile

    Pro Football Rumors "The Vikings have “preliminary” interest in offensive guard Kevin Pamphile, reports Chris Tomasson of St. Paul Pioneer Press (via Twitter). However, the front office is still sorting out what to do regarding the offensive line in free agency. Tomasson notes that the Vikings are interested in..." March 14

  • Report: Beau Allen reaches agreement with Buccaneers

    247 Sports "Beau Allen said good bye to the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday, and now he has a new home. Per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Allen has reached an agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a contract. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Allen played in a 3-4 scheme as a nose tackle..." March 14

  • Buccaneers Sign Mitch Unrein

    Pro Football Rumors "The Buccaneers have agreed to sign former Bears defensive end Mitch Unrein, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times (on Twitter). It’s a three-year deal worth $3.5MM annually, reports Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune (via Twitter). In 12 games this year, Unrein recorded a career-high..." March 14

  • Patriots, Colts, Bucs, Browns & Falcons In The Mix For DE Adrian Clayborn

    NFL Trade Rumors "Vaughn McClure of ESPN is reporting that the Patriots, Colts, Buccaneers, Browns and Falcons all appear to be in the mix to sign free agent DE Adrian Clayborn. Clayborn, 28, is a former first-round pick of the Buccaneers back in 2011. He played out the first year of his two-year, $9 million..." March 14

  • Buccaneers Have Interest In RB Jerick McKinnon

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the Buccaneers have interest in Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon. McKinnon, 25, is a former third-round pick of the Vikings back in 2014. He played out the final year of his four-year, $2,765,000 contract with the Minnesota Vikings and is now in position to test..." March 13

  • Buccaneers Re-Sign RB Peyton Barber

    Pro Football Rumors "The Bucs have re-signed running back Peyton Barber to a one-year, $630K contract through 2018, a league source tells Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). As of this writing, he could be in the mix to start at running back, but the Bucs are expected to continue to explore their options...." March 13

  • Buccaneers To Use Second-Round Tender On Adam Humphries

    Pro Football Rumors "The Buccaneers are expected to place a second-round tender on restricted free agent wide receiver Adam Humphries, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The tender this year is expected to be worth about $2.914MM. The second-round tender has been more popular than ever this year..." March 12

  • Buccaneers Re-Sign CB Brent Grimes To One-Year Deal Worth Up To $10M

    NFL Trade Rumors "Mike Silver reports that the Buccaneers have re-signed veteran CB Brent Grimes to a one-year contract worth up to $10 million. Grimes, 34, signed on with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent out of Shippensburg back in 2006. He spent six years in Atlanta before signing on with the Dolphins in..." March 12

  • Report: Buccaneers agree to 6-year deal worth $41M with Brate

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a six-year extension with tight end Cameron Brate, a source told ESPN's Jenna Laine. The deal is worth $41 million, with $18 million guaranteed. The four-year veteran was a restricted free agent. He caught 48 of 77 targets last season for 591 yards and..." March 12