Buccaneers Rumors & News

  • NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Tampa strong Super Bowl host candidate

    Tampa Bay Times "Tampa, home to four Super Bowls in its history, missed out on a fifth when the latest wave of games was announced by the NFL this week, but commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter Thursday to Bucs co-chairmen Bryan and Joel Glazer, reassuring them Tampa remains a strong candidate for future..." May 29

  • Jameis Winston drops 18 lbs in effort to avoid sophomore slump

    ESPN "Jameis Winston looked at his fellow Pro Bowlers with a tinge of envy. It's not that he didn't believe he should be playing among the NFL's best in the game -- the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback passed for 4,042 yards, the third-most by a rookie in league history -- but Winston took note of the..." May 28

  • From walk-on to NFL: Bucs sign FSU DB Javien Elliott

    Tampa Bay Times "Elliott, 5-foot-10 and 184 pounds, had 37 tackles last season, with four tackles for loss and an interception. The Bucs had an opening on their roster after safety John Lowdermilk, signed two weeks earlier, was placed on the reserve-retired list Tuesday. Elliott caught the eye of Bucs general..." May 26

  • Roger Goodell on NFL’s concussion issue: ‘This is our No. 1 priority’

    Sportsnaut "Holding a press conference at this week’s NFL spring meetings, commissioner Roger Goodell had to answer questions involving an Outside the Lines report suggesting that the league attempted to influence a government study on concussions. Primarily focusing on what seems to be league-mandated PR..." May 25

  • Jameis Winston, college coach endorse the Bucs' controversial 2nd-round pick

    CBS Sports "The Buccaneers came under heavy criticism for not only using a second-round pick on former Florida State kicker Robert Aguayo, but trading up to do it. Despite the skeptics, Aguayo's college coach lauded the Bucs' decision to take the draft's best kicker. "Tell me what a guard or a tackle's..." May 24

  • Bucs Preaching Versatility Up Front

    Pewter Report "If it’s up to Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive line coach George Warhop, nearly all his men in the trenches would have “OL” next to their rostered names as opposed to the position-specific “C” or “G” or “T.” At least that’s the message the veteran O-line coach conveyed during a media session..." May 22

  • Bettor flies to Las Vegas to place huge Super Bowl bet on Buccaneers

    Sporting News "A bettor at Tuscany Casino in Las Vegas placed a $9,000 wager on the Buccaneers to win this season’s Super Bowl, according to William Hill U.S., the company that operates the sports book at the property. The bettor was an out-of-town customer who flew to Vegas to make the bet, William Hill..." May 22

  • GM: Bucs gave kicker Roberto Aguayo a 1st-round grade

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers trading up to draft kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round made for one of the more controversial moves in the 2016 NFL Draft. Many contested the Buccaneers squandered an opportunity to land a player at a position of far greater impact at both the third- and..." May 20

  • Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken says he was 'dead wrong,' about Jameis Winston

    Tampa Bay Times "Quarterback Jameis Winston was not a favorite a year ago of Bucs' head coach Dirk Koetter, who admits he preferred Marcus Mariota. And apparently, new offensive coordinator Todd Monken, the former Southern Miss head football coach, also wasn't a big Winston fan. Until now. "It's who he is,..." May 20

  • New Orleans Saints to sign kicker Connor Barth

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints are signing former Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth following his tryout at rookie minicamp, according to ESPN. The Saints cut veteran kicker Josh Scobee on Tuesday, opening up a space for another kicker to compete with Kai Forbath, who the Saints signed last year to..." May 20

  • Report: NFL to move Pro Bowl to Orlando

    Orlando Sentinel "The National Football League is moving its Pro Bowl all-star game to Orlando, according to a report by Bloomberg.com. The Bloomberg report cited three people familiar with the matter confirming that Orlando has beaten out the event's traditional home of Honolulu, as well as Houston and Sydney,..." May 19

  • 10 undrafted free agents who could make an impact in the NFL

    SB Nation "Carving out a spot on an NFL roster filled with veterans, free agent acquisitions and new draft selections is a lot for undrafted free agents to overcome. But every year players are able to pull it off. In 2015, there were 56 undrafted rookies who snagged a spot on a 53-man roster after..." May 17

  • NFL names new czar of discipline for on-field conduct

    Sporting News "Former All-Pro offensive tackle Jon Runyan was named the NFL's new czar of discipline for on-field conduct, the league announced Tuesday. Runyan, who also served as a congressman (R-New Jersey) from 2011-15, played 14 seasons in the NFL for four teams, most notably with the Philadelphia..." May 17

  • Ranking NFL's divisional worst-to-first contenders

    Tennessean "Optimism is never in short supply throughout the NFL offseason, even for the league's most moribund franchises. In a parity-driven league, a sudden rise never seems far off. The Washington Redskins were last season's lone worst-to-first story, but they proved it's possible to shed the standards..." May 17

  • Best offseason acquisitions for all 32 NFL teams

    ESPN "From free agents to coaches and draft picks to general managers, NFL Nation reporters select the top offseason pickup for every team: AFC EAST Buffalo Bills Outside linebacker Shaq Lawson Drafting Lawson at No. 19 overall was a steal for the Bills -- general manager Doug Whaley never..." May 16

  • Warren Sapp’s Bankruptcy Docs Went to Jeremy Shockey’s House

    Black Sports Online "Warren Sapp said publicly that Jeremy Shockey was the snitch in the Saints Bounty case, but that turned out to be 100% false. Since then Sapp has been Shockey’s mortal enemy. Somehow Sapp’s bankruptcy documents got sent to Jeremy Shockey’s house, so Shockey thought it would be a good idea to..." May 16

  • Buccaneers' Aguayo has never kicked in cold weather

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't receive much praise for trading their third- and fourth-round picks to move back into the 2016 second round to draft kicker Roberto Aguayo. The former Florida State kicker didn't help his cause much when he appeared on Pro Football Talk Live and admitted that he..." May 13

  • 10 players on the roster bubble heading into training camp

    The Score "The most exciting stage of free agency has come and gone, but there are still plenty of moves to be made before the 2016 season gets underway. With the NFL draft now in the books, and teams having added plenty of competition to their respective rosters, a number of veteran players will be..." May 11

  • Study reveals interesting data about NFL player suicide rate

    The Comeback "According to government research, NFL players are less likely to commit suicide than the average man in the general population. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health performed research on over 3,000 retired players, and that research showed that NFL players were less likely..." May 11

  • 10 NFL players who are destined for breakout seasons in 2016

    USA Today "As rookie camps and OTAs get going around the league, prepare yourself for hype season. You know, that’s the time of the year when you start to hear that Young Player X is dominating in practice and primed for a big year. We’ve picked out ten players who will undoubtedly create that buzz over the..." May 11

  • The Buccaneers are once again a sleeper pick for 2016

    Bucs Nation "People left, right and center are chiming in on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers performance this season. Today it's Adam Schein's turn, who penned a column for NFL.com naming the Bucs a "rare" sleeper team. Apparently sleeper teams are now rare, and people question the existence of the concept entirely...." May 10

  • Bucs rookies Ryan Smith, Caleb Benenoch work on versatility

    Tampa Bay Times "Flexibility to help at multiple positions can help a late-round draft pick stick on an NFL roster, and DB Ryan Smith and OL Caleb Benenoch are already working on that at the Bucs' rookie minicamp. "As we said going back to the day we drafted those guys, versatility in the later rounds is key,"..." May 09

  • N.F.L. Concussion Payouts Have Lenders Circling

    New York Times "The offers seem too good to pass up: Loans worth tens of thousands of dollars with no money down and no time limit for paying it back. The main catch, sometimes buried in the fine print, is the interest rate of 40 percent or higher. “We take the weight off your shoulders,” reads one pitch,..." May 09

  • Mike Evans on Bucs offense: Jameis Winston’s second year going into the offense, you know it’s going to be great

    No Guts No Glory "There is a major buzz surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers going into the 2016 season. One of the main reason for that buzz is because of quarterback Jameis Winston. The Bucs quarterback is looking to improve on his rookie season that sent him to the Pro Bowl. One of Winston’s favorite targets..." May 09

  • Bucs sign sixth-rounder Danny Vitale

    Pro Football Talk "During the early rounds of the 2016 NFL draft, Dick Vitale announced one of the Tampa Bay draft picks — with the kind of characteristically over-the-top flair that should make all NFL fans grateful he gravitated toward basketball. Later in the process, the Buccaneers selected a guy with the same..." May 08

  • Licht addresses decision to draft Noah Spence, Roberto Aguayo

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers got the guy everyone thought they’d take in round one of the 2016 draft, after they were able to trade down two spots to acquire cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. It was in the second round that things got more interesting. With their original second-round pick, the Bucs rolled..." May 06

  • Buccaneers sign 1st-round pick Vernon Hargreaves

    Tampa Bay Times "Just hours before the start of rookie minicamp, the Bucs announced Friday that they have signed first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves, the former Wharton and Gators cornerback. Hargreaves, taken with the No. 11 overall pick in last week's draft, is slotted to earn $14.2-million over four years,..." May 06

  • Buccaneers get deals done with a pair of their draft picks

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers joined the pick-signing party, reaching deals with a pair of their own. The team announced they had signed fourth-round defensive back Ryan Smith, and agreed to terms with fifth-round offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch. The Bucs have five more picks to sign, and there’s no reason..." May 05

  • NFLPA warns players against meat that could trigger positive PED test

    Fox Sports "Almost every athlete who tests positive for a banned PED says he must have ingested something unknowingly, and now there’s evidence that can actually happen – if you eat a lot of meat in China or Mexico. The NFL Players Association sent a letter to its members this week warning them that eating..." May 03

  • ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer likely done at the network

    New York Daily News "Skip Bayless and Mike Tirico are not the only broadcasters leaving ESPN’s Bristol Campus. NFL TV sources say Trent Dilfer, one of ESPN’s most engaging NFL analysts and member of the “Monday Countdown” crew, is likely headed out the door. Spies say money is the issue." May 02

  • Buccaneers To Release Connor Barth

    Pro Football Rumors "After trading up in the draft to select Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round, the Buccaneers will release veteran kicker Connor Barth today, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). The move had been expected since the moment the Buccaneers turned in..." May 02

  • NFL GM rips Bucs for taking kicker in second round

    College Spun "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft to take a kicker. The Bucs took Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo with the 59th overall selection. It was the highest a kicker has been chosen in the NFL Draft since the New York Jets took Mike Nugent at No. 47..." May 02

  • Buccaneers take FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo with 59th pick

    Palm Beach Post "Kicking is a specialized profession, one that most football-watchers profess to know little about. The conventional NFL Draft wisdom, however, is that kickers aren’t worth high picks. That’s why jaws hit the floor Friday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up to take one. They felt Roberto..." April 30

  • Buccaneers clear roster space by cutting eight players

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers added cornerback Vernon Hargreaves to the roster in the first round of the draft on Thursday night and they have seven more picks before things wrap up on Saturday with a class of undrafted free agents to follow, which made Friday a day to clear out some roster space for the new..." April 29

  • "Almost no chance" of Mike Glennon trade

    Bucs Nation "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been trying to trade Mike Glennon for months, as he's in the final year of his contract, and are well-prepared for moving on from him. But it's starting to look more and more like he'll stay put -- that, at least, is what Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times..." April 29

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    Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

    Bucs take Hargreaves as expected. They were pretty locked in on him. Now Rankins is sitting there for the Saints

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    Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD

    #Bucs receive the Bears 4th round pick to fall back two spots, No. 106 overall. #NFLdraft

  • Tampa Bay selects Vernon Hargreaves

    Gator Country "Vernon Hargreaves is going home. University of Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III became the first Florida Gators football player selected in the 2016 NFL Draft when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted him No. 11 overall in the first round. Hargreaves surprised no one when he elected to..." April 28

  • Cris Collinsworth to call Thursday Night Football with Mike Tirico

    Awful Announcing "It’s been widely reported that Mike Tirico will be joining NBC and calling Thursday Night Football this season. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, his partner will be Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth: At the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton last month, NBC Sports..." April 28

  • Mike Evans' father's murder, turbulent childhood detailed in profile

    Tampa Bay Times "Mike Evans was 9 years old and asleep upstairs with his sister at their home in Galveston, Texas, the night his father, Mickey, was stabbed repeatedly and shot to death. In one moment, he lost the man who had been his childhood hero, unaware of an abusive relationship that ultimately led to the..." April 27

  • From DeflateGate to tampering, how 4 teams forfeited picks in the 2016 NFL Draft

    SB Nation "Forfeited draft picks are a rare occurrence in the NFL, but they do happen -- just not as frequently as they did this year. In fact, the 2016 NFL Draft will have four teams forced to give up a pick due to various infractions. This is the biggest amount of lost picks since 2012, when the New..." April 26

  • Bucs on Winston's new look: 'What happened to the belly?'

    Tampa Bay Times "Much of the talk around Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston this offseason is the work he's put in to be in better shape for his second NFL season, and as the Bucs opened a voluntary minicamp Tuesday, his teammates were impressed by the new look. "He lost a lot of weight. He slimmed out," receiver..." April 26

  • Buccaneers sign running back Storm Johnson

    Pro Football Talk "A story about the arrival of Storm Johnson in Tampa Bay is neither about a young meteorologist from a small-market affiliate getting a shot at the big time nor a promotion for the local Arena League team. The Buccaneers announced they had signed running back Storm Johnson, giving them some..." April 25

  • Report: Mike Tirico is leaving ESPN for NBC

    Sports Business Daily "Mike Tirico, one of ESPN’s best known on-air voices, is leaving the network for NBC, according to several sources. Tirico has been a mainstay with ESPN since '91, and given his many roles at ESPN, he will be an incredibly difficult talent to replace. Tirico has been ESPN's on-air face of the NFL,..." April 25

  • Dirk Koetter: Unrealistic to think we’ll draft four starters again

    Tampa Bay Times "Some things can only happen once. Like donating a kidney. A first kiss. Or pulling four All-Rookie first team players from the same NFL draft class. That's what the Bucs accomplished a year ago when general manager Jason Licht presided over the selection of the fantastic four: quarterback..." April 24

  • NFL players investing in cannabis pain-management

    Denver Post "The former Broncos’ quarterback and other retired and active NFL players believe Cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonpsychoactive compound in cannabis, could be an alternative to potent painkillers used by players in the league. Nestled at the base of the Flatirons and tucked behind a dog park is Jake..." April 23

  • Report: 49ers, Steelers, Dolphins among teams inquiring about Josh Norman

    Pro Football Talk "The de facto release of Josh Norman by the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday has dropped a top-tier free agent onto the market right before the NFL Draft. Norman became an unrestricted free agent when the Panthers removed the franchise tag on Wednesday afternoon. While there is less money and cap..." April 21

  • Personal trainer helps Bucs’ Winston become more fit, stronger

    Tampa Tribune "The physical transformation that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has undergone since the end of last season began at a breakfast table one morning in Hawaii. “I’m an early bird and so I woke up my first morning (at the Pro Bowl) and went downstairs for breakfast and I saw a..." April 20

  • Preston Parker, ex-football star, arrested for second time in month

    Palm Beach Post "Preston Parker, a one-time Atlantic High School football star who played at Florida State and in the NFL, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail late Monday for the second time this month. Parker, 29, was picked up by Boynton Beach police on drug charges after an officer found marijuana on..." April 19

  • NFL $765 Million Concussion Accord Upheld by Appeals Court

    Bloomberg "The National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement was given the all-clear by a federal appeals court. The ruling sets in motion the resolution of thousands of lawsuits covering more than 20,000 retired players. About 1 percent of players opted out of the settlement, which is to..." April 18