Buccaneers Rumors & News

  • Bucs sign second-round pick Carlton Davis

    Pro Football Talk "The Bucs announced the signing of second-round pick Carlton Davis on Thursday. The team got first-round pick Vita Vea under contract earlier in the day. Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter praised Davis after Thursday’s OTA. " May 24

  • Report: NFL owners didn’t actually vote on anthem issue

    Pro Football Talk "Question: When is a unanimous vote not unanimous? Answer: When there’s no vote at all. No, this isn’t a Matrix-style exercise in whether or not there is a spoon. (Then again maybe it is.) It’s an example of the kind of casual white-lying that has..." May 24

  • Report: Buccaneers, Vita Vea agree to rookie contract

    NFL.com "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have their first-round pick under wraps. Tampa Bay reportedly agreed to terms with defensive tackle Vita Vea on his four-year rookie deal, per the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud. As with all first-round rookie contracts,..." May 24

  • Trump supports new NFL anthem policy, opposes players staying in locker room

    Pro Football Talk "President Trump has weighed in on the NFL’s new national anthem policy, saying the owners took a step in the right direction — but warning that the rule allowing players to remain in the locker room could be problematic. “I think that’s good,” Trump said..." May 24

  • New policy requires on-field players, personnel to stand for anthem

    ESPN "NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, it was announced Wednesday. The policy subjects teams to a fine if a..." May 23

  • NFL expected to enact national anthem policy for '18

    NFL.com "The NFL is expected to enact a national anthem policy in 2018 that requires players on the sideline to stand but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they don't want to stand, NFL Network's Judy Battista and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Under the..." May 23

  • 90% of NFL players who filed claims as part of 2013 settlement are waiting on payments, as league alleges fraud

    The Comeback "In 2013, the NFL agreed to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit brought by more than 4,500 players and their families who claimed the league had concealed knowledge about the risk of head injuries. Five years later, a reported 90 percent of former players who..." May 23

  • Report: NFL weighing optional observance of anthem, 15-yard penalty for kneeling

    The Score "The playing of the national anthem and how to handle protests during the anthem are reportedly under heavy discussion at the NFL's spring meetings. Protests dominated headlines during the early portion of the 2017 season, but serious talks about the topic were deferred until..." May 23

  • Buccaneers' Gerald McCoy tasks rookie Vita Vea with introducing himself as 'Moana's' Maui

    CBS Sports "Vita Vea will likely be a Day 1 contributor for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The defensive tackle out of Washington was seen as one of the best defensive interior prospects coming out of this year's draft. But just because you'll make an impact early doesn't clear you from the wrath of..." May 22

  • Mike Evans wants to improve his yards after the catch

    Tampa Bay Times "Mike Evans is one of just three receivers in NFL history to open his career with four straight 1,000-yard seasons, but he understands one area where he can make a big improvement in 2018: yards after the catch. "I think last year was my worst year in YAC," Evans said Tuesday..." May 22

  • O-line coach says Bucs need tougher approach to run the ball

    Tampa Bay Times "At least he stopped short of calling them soft. That's not a word you ever want to use when describing an NFL player, much less the entire offensive line. That would be a tough pillow to swallow. But it's clear George Warhop didn't like watching his men get pushed around..." May 20

  • Jameis Winston engaged to longtime girlfriend Breion Allen

    Sportsnaut "Jameis Winston shared a couple of pictures on Twitter Sunday morning showing that he’s finally popped the question to longtime girlfriend Breion Allen, and the happy couple are now engaged. We must say, the ring features quite a bit of bling. Back in February, Winston..." May 20

  • Three-time Pro Bowl WR Vincent Jackson retires

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment After three Pro Bowls and six 1,000-yard seasons, Vincent Jackson is calling it quits. The 12-year receiver is "very happily retired" from..." May 18

  • Gambling could renew push for 18-game season

    Pro Football Talk "With the 49 states that currently don’t have sports wagering now able to launch it, the NFL’s word of choice is “integrity.” As sports wagering takes root, the NFL will have another go-to term. “More.” Yes, the dormant push for an expanded..." May 18

  • Bucs OC Todd Monken to Jameis Winston: ‘Let’s not try so hard’

    Tampa Bay Times "Jameis Winston doesn't lack for leadership qualities, but sometimes he can go over the top. Whether it's eating Ws before games, picking fights with opposing defensive backs or playing hurt, the Bucs quarterback can put added pressure on himself. Bucs offensive coordinator..." May 18

  • Bucs OC Todd Monken: We chose to suck in red zone last year

    Pro Football Talk "Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith was blunt in criticizing his unit’s play during the 2017 season and offensive coordinator Todd Monken took a similar path on Thursday. Monken took particular notice of the team’s performance in the red zone. They scored..." May 17

  • Bucs sign Shaheed Salmon, Thomas Sperbeck

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers announced three roster moves Thursday, signing linebacker Shaheed Salmon and receiver Thomas Sperbeck and cutting linebacker Jeff Knox. Salmon tried out during the team’s rookie minicamp last weekend. The Bucs already signed two other invitees, guard Ruben Holcomb..." May 17

  • NFL plans to lobby Congress for a “regulatory framework” for sports betting

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has lost in the judicial branch (even if the NFL actually has won at the every branch of every bank with which it does business). The league now will take the gambling fight to the legislature. In its first statement issued in the aftermath of Monday’s landmark ruling..." May 14

  • Supreme Court strikes down ban on sports betting in victory for New Jersey

    USA Today "New Jersey won a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court Monday that could lead many states to legalize betting on college and professional sports.The justices ruled 7-2 that a 25-year-old federal law that has effectively prohibited sports betting outside Nevada by forcing states..." May 14

  • Special teams could help Duke RB Shaun Wilson stick with Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times "Second-round pick Ronald Jones of USC has turned heads in Bucs rookie minicamp as a big-play addition for this fall. But could a second rookie running back make the cut with the Bucs? Duke's Shaun Wilson, who got looks on punt returns at Saturday's rookie minicamp practice, is hoping..." May 13

  • Buccaneers sign two after minicamp tryouts

    Pro Football Talk "A couple of small-school prospects impressed the Buccaneers enough during tryouts this weekend that they will be sticking around a while longer. The Bucs announced the signings of cornerback Mark Myers and guard Ruben Holcomb on Sunday. They also waived safety Josh Liddell, wide receiver Devin..." May 13

  • Bucs to induct Tony Dungy into Ring of Honor on Sept. 24

    Tampa Bay Times "Tony Dungy, the Hall of Fame coach who guided the Bucs to four playoff appearances in five years to set up the team's lone Super Bowl championship, will be inducted into the team's Ring Of Honor this fall. Dungy, 62, will be honored during the Bucs' Sept. 24 home game on Monday Night Football..." May 11

  • Five starting jobs up for grabs for Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs were active in free agency and busy in the draft, and while they're not necessarily done adding talent to their 2018 roster, they're at that point where you can anticipate the biggest position battles looming ahead in training camp and the preseason. We'll get to battles for roster..." May 09

  • Who will be NFL's first $20 million defender? Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack best bets

    USA Today "Quarterbacks aren't the only NFL stars who cash in handsomely. Eventually, a defender — a logical guess would be Los Angeles Rams lineman Aaron Donald — is going to break into the $20 million-per-year pay scale, a stratosphere once reserved for the men with the golden arms. But in today's..." May 09

  • NFL denies Mike James’ request to use marijuana as a painkiller

    Pro Football Talk "Free agent running back Mike James has tried and failed to persuade the NFL to allow him to use marijuana as a painkiller. James told NJ.com that he developed a dependence on prescription painkillers that he took to cope with the aches and pains associated with playing football. His doctor told..." May 08

  • NFL to players in pain: Get hooked on opioids rather than try marijuana

    Newark Star-Ledger "The NFL would rather that Mike James consume powerful opioids to manage his chronic pain, risking addiction, overdose and even death, than use the drug that actually works the best for him. Marijuana. That was the message from the league last month when it rejected his application for a..." May 08

  • NFL, NFLPA Settle Rookie Salary Gray Area

    Pro Football Rumors "The standard rookie contract runs for four years, but the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement has only three years remaining. The gap left this year’s draft picks in limbo with regards to their contracts, but the league and the union have worked out a bridge agreement to give cost certainty to..." May 07

  • NFL Reportedly May Make Standing for Anthem a Team-by-Team Choice

    Bleacher Report "The NFL is considering allowing teams to make their own decision whether to require players to stand for the national anthem, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post. Owners are expected to vote on a potential change at this month's upcoming meeting, including a possible league-wide..." May 07

  • Bucs’ Lavonte David eager for on-field reunion with Jason Pierre-Paul

    Tampa Bay Times "They were only teenagers back then, toiling away at a Kansas junior college and years away from the NFL, but Bucs linebacker Lavonte David remembers how nice it was to line up behind Jason Pierre-Paul. "He was unblockable," David said of his teammate at Fort Scott Community College. "I played..." May 05

  • Proposal trying to make NFL kickoffs 'more of a punt play'

    ESPN "The NFL is finalizing a proposal to make significant changes to the kickoff, intensifying the tweaks of recent years in what might be a final attempt to salvage the most dangerous play in football. The adjustments -- prompted largely by a group of special teams coaches who traveled to a..." May 02

  • Bucs looking into tweet during draft threatening general manager Jason Licht

    Tampa Bay Times "Buccaneers team security is investigating a threatening tweet directed at general manager Jason Licht. But the man responsible for the Twitter post and who identified himself as Mike Rogers, 38, of Houston said he was upset with the Bucs' selections in the NFL draft this past week and meant no..." April 30

  • Bucs WRs coach got his guy in Penn’s Justin Watson

    Tampa Bay Times "The week before he was promoted to receivers coach on the Bucs staff, Skyler Fulton worked as an assistant at the Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, and in doing so got a full week of practice coaching Penn receiver Justin Watson. Fulton liked Watson enough that he attended his pro day at Penn in..." April 29

  • Bucs take running back Ronald Jones

    Pro Football Talk "If Saquon Barkley had slid to No. 7 in round one, the Buccaneers would have taken him. They took a running back in round two, instead. USC running back Ronald Jones becomes the newest Buccaneer, instantly the leading candidate to replace Doug Martin, who was released earlier this year." April 28

  • Amazon renews Thursday NFL streaming package in deal reportedly worth $130 million

    CBS Sports "After watching its quarterly profits double in its latest earnings announcement, it looks like Amazon has decided to use some of that extra money to acquire the NFL's Thursday night streaming rights in a deal that didn't come cheap for the online behemoth. The NFL and Amazon announced on..." April 27

  • NFL Owners Only Care About Money, Not Activism, Says NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith

    TMZ "The head of the NFL Players Association says NFL owners only care about one thing -- money. DeMaurice Smith -- executive director of the NFLPA -- was speaking at George Washington University when the issue of Colin Kaepernick and his kneeling demonstration came up. Smith pointed to the..." April 26

  • Buccaneers re-sign Charles Sims

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers may be adding a running back in the draft at some point in the next three days, but they didn’t wait for the start of the festivities in Dallas to flesh out their backfield. According to multiple reports, the Buccaneers are re-signing Charles Sims to a one-year deal. Sims, a 2014..." April 26

  • Jeff Garcia no longer listed as Buccaneers’ draft pick presenter

    Pro Football Talk "A strange story emerged yesterday when longtime NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia said he would announce the Buccaneers’ third-round draft pick, then said he “could care less” about the draft. Now the story may get stranger, as the NFL has excluded Garcia’s name from a list of former players announcing..." April 25

  • Ex-Bucs QB Jeff Garcia doesn’t care about NFL draft: ‘I have a life’

    Tampa Bay Times "So much of the attention Monday surrounding the Bucs' announcing who'd be announcing their late-round draft picks was, of course, that a parrot would be delivering the name of the fourth-round pick to the pirate ship at Raymond James Stadium. But late Monday, former Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia..." April 24

  • Buccaneers will have parrot help announce Day 3 pick

    NFL.com "Zsa Zsa, you're on the clock. The NFL announced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have a parrot reveal a Day 3 selection from the pirate ship at Raymond James Stadium. Whereas the Buccaneers typically feature a remote-controlled parrot perched on the ship and engaging with fans, the draft called..." April 23

  • Bucs not listening to outsiders, but expectations remain high for 2018

    Tampa Bay Times "Wait 'til this year seems to be the refrain at One Buc Place, even though the team was strangled by expectations in 2017. But a solid offseason that has already brought a rebuilt defensive line, new center and place-kicker has renewed the Bucs' hopes. Starting Thursday with the NFL draft,..." April 22

  • Saquon Barkley Visited Buccanneers

    Pro Football Rumors "The Buccaneers, who hold the No. 7 overall selection in this week’s draft, are one of the most RB-needy teams in the NFL, and they would love nothing more than to see Penn State’s Saquon Barkley — widely-regarded as the most complete and dynamic running back to enter the league in a long time —..." April 22

  • Journeyman QB Luke McCown retiring from NFL

    NFL.com "The National Football League is down to just its final McCown. While 38-year-old Josh still toils under center for the New York Jets, his younger brother, Luke McCown, is calling it quits. The 36-year-old career backup passer announced his retirement Friday, sending a statement out through..." April 20

  • Saturday flex could be a strong hint for the next MNF deal

    Pro Football Talk "The 2018 schedule includes the inevitable flexing of two late-season Sunday games to Saturday. This is not, in my own personal view uninfluenced by anything I’ve heard or not heard from anyone at NBC, an insignificant development. For the first time ever (except in the event of inclement..." April 20

  • 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

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