Buccaneers Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Mike Evans, Odell Beckham can join Randy Moss, A.J. Green with 1,000 yards in first four seasons

    Pro Football Talk "Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans and Giants receiver Odell Beckham will join some elite company if they gain 1,000 receiving yards this season. Evans, the Buccaneers’ 2014 first-round draft pick, and Beckham, the Giants’ 2014 first-round pick, have both topped 1,000 receiving yards in each..." August 14

  • Roberto Aguayo Was Set Up to Fail, Is a Sympathetic Figure

    The Big Lead "A rookie NFL kicker struggling to find immediate consistency isn’t a sexy storyline. When said kicker was taken by a team that traded up to take him in the second round, it’s much more compelling. Enter Roberto Aguayo, who was set up to fail. And fail he did, going 22-of-31 on field goal..." August 14

  • Jason Licht on Roberto Aguayo: I owned up to it by releasing him

    SI "So many stories on the NFL training camp trip. One actually happened on the phone in my hotel room, late Saturday afternoon. Tampa Bay GM Jason Licht, internet punching bag du jour, sounded defeated. “How do you feel?” I said to Licht, half a day after he cut Roberto Aguayo, the kicker he..." August 14

  • QB Ryan Griffin out 'weeks' with shoulder injury

    Tampa Bay Times "Bucs QB Ryan Griffin, battling for the top backup job behind Jameis Winston, injured his throwing shoulder in Friday's 23-12 preseason-opening loss to the Bengals, and though the injury doesn't require surgery, coach Dirk Koetter said Saturday that he will miss "weeks" recovering. That means..." August 13

  • Bears claim kicker Roberto Aguayo

    Larry Brown Sports "Maybe a change of scenery will help Roberto Aguayo get his career back on track. At least that’s what the Chicago Bears are hoping. ESPN’s Field Yates reports that the Bears have claimed Aguayo off waivers, a day after the kicker was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Aguayo was released..." August 13

  • Bucs sign kicker Zach Hocker

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers "After the release of Roberto Aguayo on Saturday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Dirk Koetter said the team would sign another kicker to share training camp reps with Nick Folk. Following a round of tryouts on Sunday, that new Buccaneer was identified: Zach Hocker. Hocker played for two teams..." August 13

  • Roberto Aguayo Released by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Bleacher Report "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released kicker Roberto Aguayo, the organization's second-round selection in the 2016 draft, on Saturday after continued struggles early in his NFL career. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times was the first to report the news, and the Bucs later confirmed, per ESPN's Adam..." August 12

  • Did Bucs put too much pressure on Aguayo?

    Pro Football Talk "After the Buccaneers surprised everyone by taking a kicker with the 59th overall pick in the draft, G.M. Jason Licht explained the move by heaping superlatives on the player. “I was very excited along with my staff and coaches about Roberto for a very long time,” Licht told PFT Live in May..." August 12

  • Did Robert Aguayo just kick his way out of a job?

    Tampa Bay Times "Roberto Aguayo's misses on Friday night against the Bengals means he could have one wayward foot out of the Bucs door. Aguayo connected on a 20-yard field goal attempt in Friday’s 23-12 loss to the Bengals. Then he clanged an extra point off the right upright and missed a 47-yard field goal..." August 12

  • Bucs' Gerald McCoy: Noah Spence 'can take over the NFL'

    Tampa Bay Times "Many Bucs fans are hoping that defensive end Noah Spence can make a second-year leap like the Falcons' Vic Beasley did a year ago, and as the Bucs continue to search for their first 10-sack season since 2005, Gerald McCoy told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday that Spence can be that player. "One..." August 11

  • Bucs rookie Riley Bullough a surprise star after 'Hard Knocks'

    Tampa Bay Times "If there was an unexpected star from Tuesday's debut episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks" from Bucs training camp, it was undrafted rookie linebacker Riley Bullough, who drew praise from Dirk Koetter, impressed Jameis Winston with his singing and shared a nickname he picked up for his long..." August 10

  • Jude Adjei-Barimah fractures patellar again

    Pro Football Talk "Bucs cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah fractured the patellar in his right knee for a second time, according to Jeanna Laine of ESPN, and could miss four months. Adjei-Barimah spent the offseason rehabilitating the initial fracture, which happened late last season. This time, it was a non-contact..." August 10

  • Roger Goodell in favor of shortening preseason to 3 games

    WEEI Boston "Every football fan would agree, the NFL preseason is very boring, and it appears NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would agree. “When I go around to fans, that’s maybe the No. 1 thing I hear,” Goodell said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. “The NFL should do things to the highest possible standards...." August 10

  • NFL To Hire Full Time Officials For First Time In League History

    Real GM Football "For the first time in NFL history, the league will have 21 to 24 full-time officials. Under the plan, each of the seven field officiating positions will be represented, with no more than five coming from one position. The full-time officials will come from the current roster of 124 game..." August 09

  • Despite suspension, Doug Martin is the No. 1 tailback in Tampa

    Pro Football Talk "Questions linger regarding whether Buccaneers running back Doug Martin will be the No. 1 tailback after he serves the final three games of a PED suspension. For now, though, Martin’s status is clear: He continues to be the No. 1 tailback in Tampa. That’s the message sent by the initial,..." August 08

  • Bucs likely facing Jay Cutler in opener at Miami

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs have a potentially favorable wrinkle in their season opener at the Dolphins -- five weeks from today -- as Miami is signing former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler as a replacement for Ryan Tannehill, lost to a knee injury in practice this week. Tampa Bay knows Cutler well -- he came to..." August 07

  • Josh Huff grateful for second chance with Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times "Josh Huff nearly saw his best catch of training camp turn into his worst. The Bucs receiver, the most experienced of seven players vying for the Bucs' No. 5 WR job, made a diving catch on a deep ball Friday morning but landed on the ball, rolling over in pain and needing a few minutes with..." August 05

  • Dirk Koetter: Bucs offense needs to 'execute better' in camp

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs defense continues to outplay the offense. The gap might be narrowing, and in this game, the hitters are always ahead of the pitchers and catchers this time of year. But the execution on offense still is not where coach Dirk Koetter wants it to be. In fact, he says it's one area..." August 04

  • Roberto Aguayo “just having fun with” kicking competition

    Pro Football Talk "Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo‘s practice results during his rookie season were followed closely because every miss served to confirm the feelings of those that felt the team gave up too much when they traded up to the second round of the 2016 draft to take him. Even if that wasn’t the case,..." August 04

  • Jon Gruden: 'I don't foresee myself coaching anytime soon'

    ESPN "Former Buccaneers head coach and ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden said Wednesday that he is not planning a return to coaching. "I don't foresee myself coaching anytime soon," said Gruden, who led the Bucs to a Super Bowl XXXVII victory in 2002 and who will be inducted into the..." August 03

  • Bucs safety Keith Tandy's days of being underestimated may be over

    Tampa Bay Times "For six days a week, Keith Tandy prepared for a job nobody wanted him to perform. He lifted weights, practiced hard and studied like he was taking the bar exam. He did this for five years. But at 5-10, 205-pounds, Tandy was easy to overlook. The fact he had a spot on an NFL roster was..." August 01

  • Buccaneers' Caleb Benenoch, Lions' A'Shawn Robinson sued over $9,332 nightclub bill

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch and Detroit Lions defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson are being sued over a $9,332 nightclub bill from March 2017. According to court documents filed in Los Angeles, the two players were guests of Richard James Harrington at the Hyde nightclub..." August 01

  • Score Bucs' place-kicker job between Roberto Aguayo and Nick Folk tied

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs place-kicking battle between Roberto Aguayo and Nick Folk will play out until September. It took three days, but they finally went head-to-head during a special teams period Sunday. Folk, the Jets free agent, got the first bite of the apple, although he was quick to say there was no..." July 31

  • GM: Doug Martin not guaranteed to keep starting job when he returns

    ESPN "Doug Martin has three games left on a drug suspension and will serve them at the beginning of this coming season. But if the Buccaneers running back thinks he's automatically getting his starting job back once the suspension is over, he may be mistaken. Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht..." July 30

  • Mike Evans hits nail on the head about Odell Beckham Jr.’s true value

    Sportsnaut "In case you haven’t heard, Odell Beckham Jr. wants to be the NFL’s highest-paid player. Not its highest-paid receiver. He wants to make more money than anyone in the league. While it’s hard to argue OBJ isn’t worth more than most, it’s also not hard to see that a receiver being paid more than some..." July 30

  • NFL Players Sued Over Insanely Expensive Bill ... at Hollywood Club

    TMZ "How's this for embarrassing -- 2 NFL players racked up a $10,000 bill at a Hollywood nightclub ... only to have their credit cards DECLINED, this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports. Player #1 is Detroit Lions defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson -- a 2nd round pick in the 2016 NFL..." July 30

  • Buccaneers' Winston wearing knee brace, not related to injury

    Total Pro Sports "This is not a good sign. Observers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp on Friday couldn’t help but to notice that starting QB Jameis Winston walking around with a very noticeable limp. It was fairly ignored by most media until he showed up Saturday morning wearing a knee brace on his left..." July 29

  • Jacquies Smith needs another knee surgery

    Pro Football Talk "Jacquies Smith’s 2016 season got off to a bad start, and his 2017 isn’t going well either. Smith, the Buccaneers defensive end who suffered a torn ACL in Week One of last year, opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list and will now need another surgery on his..." July 28

  • Report: NFL To Walk Away From Deal To Fund Concussion Research With $16 Million Unpaid

    Deadspin "The NFL has given the National Institutes of Health less than half of the $30 million they promised for concussion research five years ago, and after repeatedly trying to influence how their “unrestricted gift” was used, the league is letting their agreement expire with no plans to finish paying..." July 28

  • Buccaneers Sign Justin Trattou

    Pro Football Rumors "The Buccaneers have signed defensive end Justin Trattou and waived/injured fellow DE Evan Panfil, tweets Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. The 28-year-old Trattou joins the Bucs after spending the first six seasons of his career with the Giants and Vikings. Since going undrafted out of Florida..." July 27

  • Jon Gruden pours gasoline on never-ending coaching rumors: “I’m preparing to come back”

    Awful Announcing "Well, it’s time to reset the Jon Gruden Coaching Rumor clock back to zero. The former Raiders and Buccaneers head coach and current Monday Night Football analyst has been at the center of coaching rumors ever since he entered the broadcast booth. The list of jobs that Gruden has been linked to..." July 27

  • Rob Gronkowski, Julio Jones top pass-catchers in 'Madden NFL 18'

    Sporting News "Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski finished last year's reign as the "Madden" cover athlete rated 99 overall, despite an injury that cut his season short. For "Madden NFL 18," he'll begin at 98. Gronkowski is the highest-rated tight end in the game, with Travis Kelce, Jimmy Graham, and Delanie..." July 27

  • Congress demands NFL pays $18 million bill

    Sportsnaut "The NFL still owes $18 million on a five-year agreement with the National Institutes of Health stemming from a concussion research program conducted by the two organizations. Back in 2012, the NFL announced that it would be handing NIH $30 million to help the Institutes study the long-term..." July 27

  • Frightening video shows ex-NFL player running through a glass door

    Click On Detroit "he video is shocking to see. A clearly agitated man is inside an Ypsilanti auto parts store overturning displays. The frightened sales staff calls 911. Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrive on the scene and try to deal with the man, who at various points is aggressive. He lies down..." July 27

  • After offseason of work hard, play hard, DeSean Jackson ready to produce for Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times "There's no telling what DeSean Jackson will do once he gets a football in his hands. Perhaps that's why a camera crew followed his every move Wednesday while the Bucs' new $30 million receiver stood on a step of the hot tub that empties into a spacious, azure pool at his new, sprawling..." July 27

  • Buccaneers place Jacquies Smith on PUP list

    Pro Football Talk "Buccaneers defensive end Jacquies Smith isn’t quite ready to return to a full workload after suffering a torn ACL in the first game of the 2016 season. The Buccaneers placed Smith on the physically unable to perform list on Wednesday. He’s eligible to be activated at any point during training..." July 26

  • Dolphins sign veteran cornerback Alterraun Verner

    Fanrag Sports "Just hours after it was reported that he was working out for the Miami Dolphins, cornerback Alterraun Verner has signed with the AFC East team. Verner’s signing is one of two moves made by the Dolphins, with the team also announcing that linebacker Koa Misi has been placed on injured..." July 25

  • CTE found in 99% of studied brains from deceased NFL players

    CNN "Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE, was found in 99% of deceased NFL players' brains that were donated to scientific research, according to a study published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA. The neurodegenerative brain disease can be found in individuals who have been exposed to..." July 25

  • New Bucs player murals go up at Raymond James Stadium

    Tampa Bay Times "Each summer, it's a sign that training camp is soon to arrive at One Buc Place: the changing of the huge player murals on each corner of Raymond James Stadium. Fans driving on Dale Mabry Highway or Himes Avenue got a first look at the 2017 versions on Sunday, with a few new wrinkles. Defensive..." July 24

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