Buccaneers Rumors & News

  • Jay-Z reportedly turned down Super Bowl halftime show

    Larry Brown Sports "Jay-Z has been mentioned as a possibility for the halftime show at Super Bowl LII in Minnesota, but multiple reports indicate it is not going to happen. A source told The Sun that Jay-Z has no interest in performing at the Super Bowl despite rumors that he could take the stage with Justin..." September 20

  • NFL investigating domestic violence accusation against line judge

    ESPN "The NFL is investigating an accusation of domestic violence against line judge Carl Johnson, who was once the league's vice president of officiating. "The matter is under review under of the league's personal conduct policy," a league spokesman said Tuesday. All league employees are subject..." September 19

  • NFL monitoring CFL’s decision to end contact practices

    Sportsnaut "It was announced last week that the Canadian Football League (CFL) was ending contact practices during the season. To many, this came as an absolute shock. How are teams expected to prepare for the physical nature of football without actually practicing what a game itself entails? In an attempt..." September 19

  • Through two weeks, NFL teams are struggling to find the end zone

    Pro Football Talk "NFL TV ratings are down, and NFL touchdowns are down, and those two things are probably related. Fans like to watch teams score touchdowns, and there just haven’t been enough of them so far this season. NFL teams are averaging 2.1 touchdowns per game so far this season, compared to 2.6..." September 19

  • Bucs defense dominates and we should have seen it coming

    Tampa Bay Times "They were fast. They were flashy. A bunch of the new guys stood out. One made his debut by scoring a touchdown. The scoreboard was lit. Not the Bucs offense, mind you. Like the cannons in the north end zone of Raymond James Stadium that were quiet because of a mechanical issue, Jameis..." September 18

  • Cowboys dominate Forbes' 2017 list of most valuable NFL franchises, Bills rank last

    CBS Sports "If Jerry Jones ever decides to sell the Dallas Cowboys, someone is going to have to write him a monstrous check because the team is now worth nearly $5 billion. For the 11th consecutive year, the Cowboys are No. 1 on Forbes' annual list of the NFL's most valuable franchises with an estimated value..." September 18

  • Buccaneers players, coaches still dealing with Irma aftermath

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers had their first game of the season wiped out by a then-impending hurricane. The storm has now passed through Florida (including Tampa), and as the Bucs prepare for their first game of the year (at home against the Bears), they have plenty of Irma-related issues. “Obviously, you..." September 16

  • NFL veteran thinks national anthem protests are ‘basically dead’

    Larry Brown Sports "With the number of national anthem protests we saw during the NFL preseason, it was widely expected that Week 1 would feature several such demonstrations across the league. Surprisingly, there were very few. That may not have been a coincidence. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report spoke with..." September 13

  • Bucs expected to announce they'll play Sunday in Tampa

    Tampa Bay Times "Coach Dirk Koetter went to his office at One Buc Place to work on Sunday, with televisions tuned to both NFL games and the Weather Channel watching Hurricane Irma. "All good here,'' Koetter said in a text Monday morning. "Just waiting now. More anxiety.'' Koetter's wait will end soon. The..." September 12

  • Derrick Brooks goes bold on Bucs: 11-5 record, division winners

    Tampa Bay Times "Twenty years ago, the Bucs broke out. They opened the 1997 season with a stunning, tell-the-world 13-6 victory at home over Steve Young, Jerry Rice and the San Francisco 49ers. What a day. Warren Sapp was a man on fire with 11 tackles and 21/2 of the Bucs' seven sacks. Both Young and Rice..." September 12

  • Bears game against Bucs will be played in Tampa on Sunday as scheduled

    Chicago Sun-Times "Hurricane Irma won’t be playing havoc with the Bears game Sunday. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the NFL announced Tuesday that game against the Bears will be played as originally scheduled. The game will kickoff noon Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. After consulting with the..." September 12

  • Glazer family to donate $1 million to Hurricane Irma relief

    ESPN "One day after Hurricane Irma ravaged much of Florida, the Glazer family, owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, announced that they will donate $1 million to the storm's relief efforts through the American Red Cross. "Hurricane Irma left a path of destruction throughout the entire state of..." September 11

  • Offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "If you thought the offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday, you were correct. Yesterday’s 12 NFL games averaged just 37 points and 593 yards of total offense. That’s a far cry from what fans came to expect in 2016, when the average NFL game had 46 points and 701 yard of..." September 11

  • New Bucs defensive end Will Clarke reunited with Hayes, Tandy

    Tampa Bay Times "There aren't many positives to the Bucs having a Week 1 bye, then 16 straight games, but for players recovering from injury and recent newcomers, it's an extra week to get better prepared for a new season opener next week at home against the Bears. That includes new Bucs defensive end Will..." September 10

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers 'in survival mode' as Hurricane Irma ravages Florida

    USA Today "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are spending Sunday bracing for a possible direct hit from Hurricane Irma. The team did not officially evacuate from Tampa after the massive storm’s track shifted toward the west coast of Florida, but the Glazer family did charter four small planes for any players,..." September 10

  • NFL officially hires 21 full-time officials

    Sportsnaut "It was announced earlier in the summer that the NFL would in fact employ nearly two-dozen full-time officials for the 2017 season. It’s the first time that the league has gone to the extent of hiring full-time zebras. The league has now officially made the move, hiring 21 full-time officials..." September 06

  • Buccaneers-Dolphins postponed due to Hurricane Irma, teams set to play Week 11

    ESPN "The NFL has officially postponed Sunday's Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Miami Dolphins game due to the threat of Hurricane Irma. The game will be played in Miami in Week 11, a previously open bye week for both teams. On Tuesday, the NFL had started contingency planning. Irma was upgraded to a Category 5..." September 06

  • Buccaneers vs. Dolphins will not be played in Miami

    NFL.com "Due to the looming Hurricane Irma, the Dolphins' home game versus the Buccaneers will not be played in Miami on Sunday, the NFL announced Tuesday. An option is playing the game this Sunday at a neutral site or in Miami later this season." September 05

  • NFL closely monitoring Hurricane Irma, no ruling yet for Buccaneers-Dolphins

    CBS Sports "South Florida residents are no strangers to the omnipresent risk of inclement weather, but Hurricane Irma's models are not looking promising for those staying on the United States East Coast. As reported by the Washington Post, those in the South Florida area should at least be on the alert for..." September 05

  • T.J. Ward blasts Broncos, calls timing of his release 'completely unprofessional'

    CBS Sports "There is no love lost between new Buccaneers safety T.J. Ward and his old team. Ward, who was released by the Broncos on Saturday afternoon, inked a one-year deal with Tampa Bay on Sunday, quickly finding work after being released. One of the members of Pete Prisco's All-Cut Team, it was not a..." September 04

  • Bucs, Dolphins keep eye on approaching Hurricane Irma

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs and Dolphins are six days away from Sunday's season opener at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, but both teams and the NFL will keep an eye on Hurricane Irma, which is moving on a path that could impact South Florida this weekend. The National Hurricane Center's 5 a.m. update Monday..." September 04

  • Ward: Broncos 'unprofessional' with timing of release

    NFL.com "Broncos players weren't thrilled to see Denver cut ties with T.J. Ward. The popular Pro Bowl safety wasn't happy about it, either, to say the least. "It's unfortunate the way they handled that situation," Ward told a gaggle of Bucs reporters after signing with the team shortly after being..." September 04

  • T.J. Ward Reportedly Signing 1-Year Buccaneers Contract After Broncos Release

    Fanrag Sports "Being released by the Denver Broncos may be the best thing to happen to safety T.J. Ward and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For Ward, the three-time Pro Bowler is likely to have a chip on his punishing shoulders. For the Buccaneers, they add another piece to help their ascension up the NFL..." September 04

  • Buccaneers get to 53, with Doug Martin serving three more games

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers moved running back Doug Martin to the reserve/suspended list, as part of their moves to get to the 53-man limit. Martin still has three games to serve from last year’s suspension for violating the league’s PED policy. The Bucs also released veteran long snapper Garrison..." September 03

  • Conflicting reports on value of T.J. Ward deal

    Pro Football Talk "When it comes to disseminating information about the value of NFL player contracts, an awkward dance still occurs, to the beat of half-truths and flat-out falsehoods perpetrated by those who want the deals to look better than they are. That same-old song may be playing when it comes to the..." September 03

  • Bucs WR Bernard Reedy goes from $11 an hour to 53-man roster

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Bernard Reedy won’t be returning to his side job anytime soon. The former undrafted free agent, who spends his offseason making $11 an hour working as a wheelchair transporter, was informed Saturday that he made the Bucs’ 53-man roster. Reedy told ESPN, “Words..." September 03

  • Steelers acquire J.J. Wilcox in trade with Buccaneers

    Pro Football Talk "The Steelers have made their third trade in the last two days. Safety J.J. Wilcox is headed to Pittsburgh from Tampa Bay. The Steelers gave the Buccaneers their sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and the Buccaneers will also ship their seventh-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to the..." September 03

  • T.J. Ward Reportedly Signing 1-Year Buccaneers Contract After Broncos Release

    Bleacher Report "Veteran safety T.J. Ward is reportedly signing a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after spending the previous three seasons with the Denver Broncos. James Palmer of NFL Network first reported the news Sunday, with Josina Anderson of ESPN later noting Ward would sign a one-year..." September 03

  • Buccaneers cut fifth-rounder Jeremy McNichols

    Pro Football Talk "The Bucs warned rookie running back Jeremy McNichols he was on his last chance. And he didn’t last much longer. Via Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Buccaneers have released the fifth-round running back." September 02

  • Canadian Antony Auclair makes Buccaneers 53-man roster

    Sportsnet "Canadian tight end Antony Auclair has been informed he’s made the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 53-man roster, according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. The six-foot-five, 256-pound Auclair went undrafted out of Laval in the spring, but signed a three-year deal with Tampa Bay on April 29 as a free..." September 02

  • Bucs cutting Hard Knocks star Riley Bullough, Jeremy McNichols, Josh Huff

    Pro Football Talk "The Bucs are cutting linebacker Riley Bullough, according to Roy Cummings of Florida Football Insiders. The move won’t surprise fans of Hard Knocks though it might disappoint them. Bullough became a star during the HBO series. On last week’s Hard Knocks, defensive coordinator Mike Smith..." September 02

  • Bucs rookie Jeremy McNichols improves, but is it too late?

    Tampa Bay Times "On Saturday, Bucs rookie Jeremy McNichols had lasted only two plays in a preseason loss to the Browns, pulled by Dirk Koetter after he neglected to pick up a blitzing safety who went untouched to the quarterback. Thursday was much better for the fifth-round pick, who rushed 10 times for a..." September 01

  • Nick Folk outlasts another kicker in Tampa

    Pro Football Talk "Nick Folk was brought to the Buccaneers this offseason to compete with Roberto Aguayo for the kicking job and won that battle when Aguayo was cut early in the preseason. The Bucs brought in another kicker at that point and Folk has outlasted him as well. The agents for Zach Hocker announced..." September 01

  • Jameis Winston gives DeShone Kizer some surprising advice on 'Hard Knocks'

    CBS Sports "This season of "Hard Knocks" on HBO has been both a) a welcome and pleasant surprise and b) a platform for Jameis Winston to really showcase his leadership abilities. Think or say whatever you want about Winston and his past, but NFL Films and HBO have helped to humanize the former No. 1 overall..." August 31

  • Buccaneers Signing QB Ryan Griffin To One-Year Extension

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will announce a one-year contract extension for QB Ryan Griffin at some point Wednesday, according to Rick Stroud. According to Stroud, Griffin’s n restricted tender of $1.798 million for the 2017 season could be adjusted as part of this deal. This deal will keep..." August 30

  • Dye on non-catch: 'That was definitely a touchdown'

    Tampa Bay Times "After 17 days sidelined by an ankle injury, Bucs receiver Donteea Dye returned to practice Thursday and made a healthy return in Saturday's game against Cleveland, just in time to make a case to be Tampa Bay's fifth receiver. "I missed it, missed it for a long time. I just wanted to grind with..." August 27

  • Gerald McCoy may have MRI on groin/pelvic injury

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers’ hopes of moving from a winning record last season to a playoff berth this season rely on strong play from several members of their team, including defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. That means there will likely be some crossed fingers that McCoy is able to avoid an absence from the..." August 25

  • Gerald McCoy won’t play Saturday, but says he’s fine

    Pro Football Talk "Word earlier on Friday was that Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy might have an MRI to get a better look at a groin injury, but it doesn’t sound like there’s much to be worried about for the regular season. McCoy said he has strained groin, which will be enough to keep him from playing..." August 25

  • Buccaneers Pro Bowl DT suffers worrisome injury

    Yardbarker "If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to turn last season’s surprising performance into a playoff spot in 2017, they will need star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy 100 percent and ready to go. Unfortunately, the five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle apparently suffered a pelvic/groin injury in..." August 25

  • NFLPA Prez: 'We Need to Be Prepared for 2021'

    Pro Football Talk "Whatever happens after the expiration of the current labor deal, the NFL Players Association has a clear message for its members: Be prepared. “It’s not something that we can spring on them in 2020 and say, ‘You guys got to get ready for this,'” NFLPA president Eric Winston recently told Keenan..." August 22

  • Roger Goodell on verge of five-year contract extension through 2024

    Washington Post "Roger Goodell is close to completing a five-year contract extension to remain in place as NFL commissioner at least through 2024, according to a person familiar with the deliberations. Financial terms of the deal, which was first reported by the Sports Business Journal, were not..." August 21

  • Bucs' Ali Marpet: Move to center could pay off big

    Tampa Bay Times "No player works as closely with Jameis Winston as the center. Only those two touch the ball on every play. Together they make — if you will — snap judgements about defensive alignments. So why did the Bucs take Ali Marpet, who has had two very productive seasons at right guard, and move him to..." August 20

  • Buccaneers add a pair of cornerbacks

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers tweaked their roster this weekend with the addition of a pair of cornerbacks to the roster. They signed Vernon Harris on Saturday and followed that up by signing Mariel Cooper on Sunday. They also signed tackle Austin Albrecht in another roster move. Harris signed with the..." August 20

  • Bucs-Jags becomes lowest rated ESPN preseason game since 2005

    Pro Football Talk "While it’s too early to start wringing hands and/or gnashing teeth about TV ratings for 2017, ESPN’s debut broadcast did not fare well. At all. Via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Thursday’s games between the Buccaneers and the Jaguars generated a 1.6 rating. Based on numbers from Sports..." August 19

  • Jameis Winston's hardest lesson: He can't always save the day

    Tampa Bay Times "Ever wonder what in the world goes through Jameis Winston's mind when he tries to fit the ball in a keyhole as he is being dragged to the turf like he was during Thursday night's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars? "I just felt hot," Winston said. "I was like, 'Man, somebody's going to get..." August 19

  • Dirk Koetter: Nick Folk’s performance “not quite” what we’re looking for

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers cut Roberto Aguayo after last Friday’s preseason opener, but coach Dirk Koetter didn’t get a respite from questions about miscues in the kicking game after facing the Jaguars on Thursday. Nick Folk had an extra point blocked and missed a 47-yard field goal during the game,..." August 18

  • McCoy: Bucs defense wanted to 'set the tone' vs. Jaguars

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs' starting defense held the Jaguars to a total of 1 rushing yard on 7 carries in the first half of Thursday's 12-8 win. And they were disappointed. "We want them to have negative-90, negative-80. We don't care," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "We want to keep it going. This is..." August 18

  • Dirk Koetter won’t commit to Doug Martin starting upon return from suspension

    Larry Brown Sports "Tampa Bay may not be giving the reins right back to Doug Martin in Week 4. Speaking with the media on Friday, Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said that it was “impossible” to say if Martin would be the team’s starting running back upon his return from suspension, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay..." August 18

  • Donovan Smith: $26,000 rookie dinner tab just a prank

    Tampa Bay Times "Bucs tackle Donovan Smith pranked his rookie offensive linemen on Wednesday night, and got us pretty good as well. Tampa Bay's 15 offensive linemen went out for a training camp tradition -- the rookie dinner, where rookies have to pay for an expensive dinner with their entire position, never..." August 17

  • Bucs, Lightning, Rays call for removal of Confederate monument from Tampa

    TMZ "Three major Tampa sports teams are pitching in to remove a Confederate monument from the city's courthouse in the wake of the backlash against similar statues in Virginia. The statue in the middle of the controversy is the infamous Memoria en Aeterna -- a 106-year-old monument honoring the..." August 17