Buccaneers Rumors & News

  • Bucs announce Brentson Buckner as DL coach

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers announced the hiring of Brentson Buckner as defensive line coach. “Brentson enjoyed a very good career as a player in this league and more recently as a successful coach with the Cardinals,” Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said, via a team press release. “Over the years, one of the areas..." February 21

  • 15 NFL players who could be cut before free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "The official start to the new league year is less than a month away, which means all 32 NFL teams are gearing up for their annual free agency frenzy. In preparation for said frenzy, each team is currently deep in evaluation mode, looking not just at the crop of impending free agents, but also..." February 21

  • Bucs hire Brentson Buckner as position coach

    247 Sports "Former Panthers defensive lineman Brentson Bucker will face his old team on the opposing sidelines this coming season.Buckner, who played for the Panthers from 2001-05, was hired as the Bucaneers defensive line coach on Monday. Previously, Buckner was with the Cardinals (2013-17), who ranked in..." February 20

  • Buccaneers are cutting Chris Baker

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers just hired a new defensive line coach, and they’ve already starting remaking the group he has to work with. Via Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Buccaneers are cutting veteran defensive tackle Chris Baker. He was scheduled to make $4.875 million this season, and $3..." February 20

  • Fox is reportedly pushing for a stronger TNF schedule, might move some Sunday matchups to Thursday

    Awful Announcing "Whether Fox’s move to acquire rights to Thursday Night Football for the next five years at an estimated rate of $550 million per year is a good one or not may have a whole lot to do with how good the schedule is. TNF has taken a lot of criticism over the past few years for a weaker schedule than..." February 20

  • NFL Rumors: Who will get cut in 2018 among former Pro Bowl players?

    Sporting News "Plenty of talented veterans will be available in the current 2018 NFL free agency pool. But those players will soon get some big-time company on the open market from notable names cut by their teams to help save money under the salary cap. For some teams, cutting a former Pro Bowler or two make..." February 20

  • Bucs release two-time Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin

    Tampa Bay Times "After six up and mostly down seasons, Doug Martin's run with the Bucs is over. The two-time Pro Bowl running back was released by Tampa Bay Tuesday, a move that was expected after he failed to rush for less than 500 yards in four of the past five seasons. General manager Jason Licht informed..." February 20

  • Bucs hire Brenston Buckner as DL coach

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers have hired Brenston Buckner as their defensive line coach, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Buckner will replace Jay Hayes, who Tampa Bay fired on February 9. The Buccaneers also interviewed University of Miami defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski, their own..." February 19

  • Buccaneers interview University of Miami DL coach Craig Kuligowski

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers have interviewed University of Miami defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski for their vacant defensive line coaching position, pewterreport.com reports. Tampa Bay also has interviewed assistant defensive line coach Paul Spicer, former Colts defensive coordinator Ted Monachino and..." February 19

  • Jameis Winston is about to get a big pay raise. It will cost the Bucs more than money

    Tampa Bay Times "Jameis Winston is heading for a big payday with the Bucs. He's played well enough to make that an easy decision. But what impact will that have on the type of players they surround him with? The Bucs are expected to exercise the fifth-year option on Winston's contract by the May 2..." February 17

  • NFL free agency rumors: Who will get cut in 2018 among former Pro Bowl players?

    Sporting News "Plenty of talented veterans will be available in the current 2018 NFL free agency pool. But those players will soon get some big-time company on the open market from notable names cut by their teams to help save money under the salary cap. For some teams, cutting a former Pro Bowler or two make..." February 14

  • Warren Sapp Served With Battery Lawsuit Papers By Guy Pretending To Be A Fan

    Total Pro Sports "Warren Sapp somehow turned into the king of L’s after his retirement. The NFL Hall of Famer had no clue what was about to happen to him when he posed and took a picture with a guy he thought was a fan of his recently. Sapp is being sued by a woman who claims the former defensive tackle was..." February 14

  • NFL Rumors: Who will be most active teams in NFL Free Agency?

    Fanrag Sports "We’re roughly one month from the NFL‘s annual free-agent shopping spree, when — despite general managers’ best efforts to build rosters primarily through the draft — executives often cannot resist the temptation of landing splashy free agents. With Kirk Cousins, Ziggy Ansah, Le’Veon Bell and..." February 13

  • No Extension Talks Between Buccaneers & Mike Evans, Likely To Play Out 5th-Year Option

    Pewter Report "Last year as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were signing big-name free agents like wide receiver DeSean Jackson, defensive tackle Chris Baker and safety J.J. Wilcox, Bucs general manager Jason Licht still operated with the awareness that a few of their young guys were going to be hitting their own big..." February 12

  • DeSean Jackson hoping to develop better chemistry with Jameis Winston

    Larry Brown Sports "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were expecting big things from DeSean Jackson when they signed the wide receiver to a three-year, $33 million contract last offseason, but his first year with the team was largely disappointing. Jackson is hoping to change that in 2018. While appearing on Fox Sports 1’s..." February 11

  • Forget Colts and Josh McDaniels; no team knows runaway brides better than Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times "There was a lot of shock and disappointment after Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels backed out of his agreement to become head coach of the Colts. But the home of runaway brides still is Tampa Bay. Not once, but twice, Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells agreed to coach the Bucs,..." February 10

  • DeSean Jackson throws shade at Chip Kelly

    Sportsnaut "According to the Pewter Report, former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson went on record to blame former head coach Chip Kelly for him not being part of Philadelphia’s Super Bowl celebration parade. Jackson also lumped in former teammate, running back LeSean McCoy, in his complaint. Neither..." February 10

  • Buccaneers raise ticket prices despite lagging attendance

    Yardbarker "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan to raise ticket prices for a third consecutive season despite putting up a dismal 5-11 campaign in 2017. This news comes courtesy of Greg Auman of Tampa Bay Times. According to the report, tickets will cost up to $500 more in some cases. Lower-level tickets on the..." February 09

  • NFLPA: More concussion evaluations says we’re smarter about delivering care

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL announced last month that players were diagnosed with 281 concussions in 2017, which represented a new high since the league started tracking total concussions six years ago and was a number that NFL Chief Medical Officer Allen Sills called a “disappointment.” During a press conference..." February 02

  • Report: Fox paying $550 million a year for Thursdays

    Pro Football Talk "Here’s why Thursday Night Football isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. According to John Ourand of Sports Business Daily, the winning bid submitted by Fox for the NFL’s Thursday Night Football package is worth $550 million a year. He also reports that the top Fox broadcast team of Joe Buck and..." January 31

  • The NFL Lost $30 Million In Ad Revenue Thanks To Plummeting TV Ratings in 2017

    Total Pro Sports "It has been an ongoing issue for two seasons now with the NFL losing viewers for various reasons. While many pointed to Colin Kaepernick and his stance to kneel during the National Anthem which caused hundreds of other players to follow suit, you’d also have to count in the fact that many people..." January 31

  • Fox reportedly near deal to win broadcast rights to Thursday Night Football

    Awful Announcing "Scott Soshnick and Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg report that Fox is close to a deal for the broadcast rights to Thursday Night Football. Fox’s Thursday Night Football bid is reportedly higher than the $45 million per game price ($450 million over 10 games) that CBS and NBC combined to pay last..." January 31

  • Roger Goodell: NFL is prepared for legalized gambling

    Sportsnaut "The NBA might very well be fully supportive of legalized sports gambling around the United States, but that doesn’t mean the NFL will fall in line. The league has consistently opposed any expansion of legalized sports gambling, something that’s not going to change any time soon. But NFL..." January 30

  • Bucs make Todd Monken a full-time offensive coordinator

    Tampa Bay Times "Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has said he will continue being the offensive play-caller next season, but the move he made Sunday could at least provide him with another option. Todd Monken will no longer coach receivers but rather serve as a full-time offensive coordinator while offensive assistant..." January 29

  • Roger Goodell 'concerned' about NFL catch rule

    NFL.com "The confounding catch rule is the bane of many football fans' existence. Count NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as one of those perturbed viewers fixated on simplifying and clarifying the rule this offseason. "I'm not just somewhat concerned. I am concerned," Goodell told FOX Sports' Colin..." January 29

  • How much do Super Bowl commercials cost in 2018?

    Sporting News "Super Bowl 52, also known as Super Bowl LII, is set for Sunday, Feb. 4, at U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings since the 2016 season. The game will be the first Super Bowl hosted by Minnesota since Super Bowl XXVI on Jan. 26, 1992. This year it's the Eagles vs. the Patriots, but..." January 29

  • NFL Pro Bowl ratings up 28% from last year

    247 Sports "The NFL's decision to move the Pro Bowl to an afternoon slot paid dividends when it comes to the game's ratings. A considerable amount of people tuned into watch this year's Pro Bowl than in 2017, as the league decided to kickoff their all-start game this past Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The Pro Bowl..." January 29

  • Which quarterbacks will be released or traded?

    Sporting News "Free agency and quarterbacks normally are not words used together, but this year could be different, as a few passers should make their way to the open market. Here we look at some of the top quarterback free agents and players who could be released or traded in 2018. Kirk Cousins,..." January 29

  • Bucs Alexander Reveling In First Pro Bowl Experience

    Pewter Report "Players on teams that are in smaller markets often don’t get the national recognition they deserve. This rings especially true for a certain linebacker duo in Tampa Bay. In six seasons Lavonte David has only been to the Pro Bowl once. David was snubbed of the honor again this year, but his..." January 28

  • Bucs season ticket holders sue team for revoking their purchase of seats without warning

    Tampa Bay Times "Despite being among the NFL teams with the lowest attendance, the Bucs are being sued by longtime fans for taking away their ability to purchase season tickets. Two season ticket holders – Sean Fontaine and Louis Mendel – said the Bucs revoked their season tickets for "no legitimate reason," in..." January 27

  • NFL ratings decline leads to an increase in makegoods, $300 million drop in ad revenue

    Awful Announcing "Whatever the reasons behind the NFL’s decline in ratings, and they’re likely myriad, it was always going to be tough for that big of a drop to not impact the bottom line. According to AdWeek, that’s exactly what happened: It didn’t happen until the final month of the regular season, but the..." January 26

  • Gerald McCoy campaigns for Bucs to sign Michael Bennett, Aqib Talib

    Pewter Report "Bucs Gerald McCoy will turn 30 this year. Young by most people’s standards, but in football years, he is getting up there. This week in Orlando at the Pro Bowl, the “ancient one” found his age to be beneficial. “There’s some perks to being old, I got voted as a captain, because I’m old,” McCoy..." January 25

  • XFL 2.0: Vince McMahon’s company teases “major sports announcement”

    Pro Football Talk "Vince McMahon’s plans to give the XFL a second try appear closer than ever, with a “major sports announcement” set for today. Alpha Entertainment, the sports business McMahon funded by selling $100 million of WWE stock, today said it will have a major announcement at 3 p.m. Eastern. That..." January 25

  • Gerald McCoy: Bucs team leaders need to hold players more accountable

    Tampa Bay Times "Everybody remembers the encroachment penalty on fourth down by defensive tackle Chris Baker that contributed to the the Bucs' 22-19 loss to the Panthers in the final seconds of their game on Christmas Eve. An ugly screaming match erupted into a scuffle between teammates in the locker room that..." January 25

  • Report: NFL could keep teams in locker room for anthem in 2018

    247 Sports "Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and his teammates may have to find a different way to protest racial inequality in 2018. According to ESPN's Jim Trotter, the NFL plans to keep all players in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem next season, which would the..." January 24

  • 2018 Salary Cap Could Exceed $180M?

    NFL Trade Rumors "Mike Jurecki recently spoke to a source who suggested that the 2018 NFL salary cap could end up exceeding $180 million once it’s finalized for the upcoming league year. Last we heard, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported a month ago that the NFL distributed 2018 salary cap projections to teams..." January 19

  • NFL could reportedly force players to stay in locker room during anthem in 2018

    Larry Brown Sports "Forcing players to stand for the national anthem has never really been an option for the NFL, but the league could still explore other means of preventing protests prior to the 2018 season. According to ESPN’s Jim Trotter, the NFL is considering implementing a policy that would require players..." January 18

  • DeSean Jackson says Jameis Winston needs to stop trying to “impress the world,” and play his game

    Tampa Bay Times "Receiver DeSean Jackson stopped short of saying he regretted his decision to sign a three-year, $33.5-million contract as a free agent with the Bucs last March. But he certainly is disappointed in his lack of chemistry with quarterback Jameis Winston and plans to work on it. Jackson also..." January 17

  • Kwon Alexander headed to Pro Bowl, replacing Bobby Wagner

    Pro Football Talk "Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander will play in the Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Tuesday. He replaces Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, who won’t participate because of injury. Wagner battled a hamstring injury late in the season. It marks Alexander’s first Pro Bowl appearance. Defensive tackle..." January 16

  • Jason Licht addresses what went wrong for the Bucs in 2017 and how they plan to fix it

    Tampa Bay Times "It was a "brutal year." That's how general manager Jason Licht views the Bucs 2017 season. Expectations, many of them he said he "cringed at," nonetheless went unfulfilled due to injuries, particularly the right shoulder sprain suffered by quarterback Jameis Winston. On a day when the..." January 16

  • 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