Buccaneers Rumors & News

  • Bucs raise season ticket prices for second straight year

    Tampa Bay Times "After their first winning season in six years, the Bucs are making some of their fans pay more to see a game at Raymond James Stadium next season. For the second year in a row, Tampa Bay is raising season ticket prices for most seats, with increases as much as 20 percent for some upper- and..." February 19

  • Bucs haven’t given up on Doug Martin for 2017

    Florida Football Insider "Contrary to what you may have heard coming out of the rumor mill, the Buccaneers have not given up on the idea of Doug Martin running the ball for them again in 2017 or beyond. The word from inside One Buc Place is that the Bucs intend to play the Martin situation out and see where things stand..." February 16

  • NFL sets cap percentages for franchise tags

    Pro Football Talk "The franchise-tag crop report has arrived. Sort of. Prior to 2011, the non-exclusive franchise tenders were determined by averaging the five highest cap numbers at each position from the prior year. Starting in 2011, the tenders are determined by the aggregate sum of the salary cap for the five..." February 15

  • Bucs’ DL Gerald McCoy insists he’s not hurt

    Fanrag Sports "Tampa Bay Bucs’ DL Gerald McCoy had to play through a number of injuries last year. In Week 12, a win over the Seattle Seahawks, he banged up his ankle and foot. Reports at the time said: “Tampa Bay head coach Dirk Koetter noted McCoy suffered a foot and ankle injury in the Week 12 win and was..." February 14

  • Buccaneers announce changes to coaching staff

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers officially announced that their former tight end Alex Smith will be joining the organization as a scout on Tuesday along with a few changes to their coaching staff. The team announced that Skyler Fulton will be their new offensive assistant. He takes over from Ben Steele, who was..." February 14

  • NFL Would Boost TV Ratings, Ad Revenue If US Ban On Sports Betting Lifted, New Report Says

    Legal Sports Report "MoffettNathanson Research released a report called NFL Season Recap – It’s All Over But the Crying (paywall), looking back at 2016-17. Part of the analysis focused on sports betting, and opportunities missed by the NFL to generate more interest and revenue. The NFL has generally tried to..." February 14

  • Some late-season Thursday Night Football games could move to Saturday

    Awful Announcing "With the 2016-17 NFL season, it’s time for the league’s TV’s partners to look ahead for the next season and what teams they’ll lobby for. Due to the Dallas Cowboys’ effect on the ratings in the second half of last season, there’s no doubt that all of the networks will want to maximize the number..." February 14

  • Bucs hire ex-tight end Alex Smith as pro scout

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers have hired former tight end Alex Smith as a pro scout. The Bucs were the first of five teams Smith played for in his 11-year playing career. He was drafted in the third round in 2005 and caught 11 touchdown passes over his four seasons in Tampa Bay. Per the Tampa Bay Times,..." February 10

  • Jason Licht confident Roberto Aguayo will be better

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers probably won’t be spending another high draft pick on a kicker this year, but the party line in Tampa is that Roberto Aguayo won’t be locked into the job after a shaky rookie season. Coach Dirk Koetter said at the end of the regular season that the team will have competition at..." February 10

  • Details on How Much DirecTV is Raising The NFL Sunday Ticket Package in 2017

    Black Sports Online "The 2016 campaign ended in epic fashion, as the New England Patriots came back from down 25 points against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. As football fans wait several months until the game returns, they’ll have to get ready for prices rising for the Sunday Ticket package on..." February 09

  • Worst NFL free-agent pool ever won't stop desperate teams from diving in wallets first

    CBS Sports "NFL free agency is fool's gold. Always has been. Always will be. Now more than ever. Forever and forever. Amen. I've been singing this chorus and preaching this sermon for roughly a decade now, and nothing has changed. Except, well, the free-agency classes grow shallower and shallower...." February 08

  • Warren Sapp Says Randy Moss Was No Angel ... Hall of Fame Gonna Snub Him Too?

    TMZ "Warren Sapp is FURIOUS with Hall of Fame voters for snubbing Terrell Owens -- and says Randy Moss could be in serious trouble if candidates are being judged by off-the-field behavior. Sapp -- a Hall of Famer himself -- says he's "up in arms" about the Owens situation because the guy is clearly..." February 08

  • DIRECTV raising Sunday Ticket prices for 2017 season

    Sportsnaut "It’s all about supply and demand. And despite what was a perceived regression in terms of television ratings during the 2016 NFL season, the demand is surely still there. It’s the most popular sport in North American. That’s not even up for debate at this point. So leave it to cable and..." February 08

  • Buccaneers promote former Packers tight end Ben Steele to TEs coach

    Fanrag Sports "Kyle Shanahan assembling his new staff in San Francisco had a direct effect on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ coaching arrangement. After the 49ers’ new head coach made a move to hire Bucs tight ends coach Jon Embree, Tampa Bay needed to readjust. The Buccaneers did so on Tuesday by promoting from..." February 07

  • Top 10 biggest boom or bust players in 2017 NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "Heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, there are a few players who find themselves in the “no doubt about it” category. Texas A&M EDGE defender Myles Garrett comes to mind when discussing that type of player. Other prospects quality as flyers and potential steals. There’s a whole other category,..." February 07

  • Lavonte David would welcome Adrian Peterson to Buccaneers

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson recently listed the Giants, Texans, and Buccaneers as three potential destinations, if his rights are released. During a Friday visit to PFT Live, Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David discussed the possibility of having Peterson join the team. David initially..." February 03

  • President Trump on Roger Goodell: ‘The commissioner is a dope. He’s a stupid guy’

    Sportsnaut "President Donald Trump isn’t one afraid to ruffle some feathers. It’s his outspoken attitude and ability to go away from the norm that caught the attention of those who voted him into office. As divisive as Trump himself might be, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is an equally divisive figure..." February 01

  • Roger Goodell indicates NFL looking into cutting commercials during broadcasts

    Sportsnaut "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the public in a pre-Super Bowl press conference on Wednesday. He covered many issues including the possibility of the league reducing the number of commercials during a game. The task at hand would be to shorten the time it takes to watch an entire NFL..." February 01

  • Goodell defends Thursday Night Football: Lower injury rate, 'high-quality football'

    CBS Sports ""Thursday Night Football" isn't on its way out. As NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made clear at his press conference Wednesday, it's here to stay. To do so, Goodell cited lower injury rates and "high-quality football." "They're slightly lower than any other games," Goodell said of injury..." February 01

  • 2017 Salary Cap Could Increase By As Much As $15M

    NFL Trade Rumors "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters (per Kyle Meinke) on Wednesday that the 2017 salary cap could go up by as much as $15 million per team. A few months ago, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported that NFL teams were informed that the 2017 cap is expected to be between $166 million –..." February 01

  • Head of NFL refs union: Barbs from players 'very concerning'

    USA Today "The NFL has fined multiple players this season for criticizing individual officials, and the head of the NFL Referees Association doesn’t want to see such incidents become a trend. Scott Green, the former NFL referee and recently appointed NFLRA executive director, told USA TODAY Sports on..." February 01

  • Report: NFLPA reviewing relationship with Uber after ‘strike busting tactics’

    Sportsnaut "According to Albert Breer of MMQB, the NFL Players Association is reviewing its relationship with ride-share company Uber in wake of its decision to operate in New York City when the city’s taxis went on strike over the weekend to protest the Trump administrations immigration policy. The strike..." January 31

  • NFL won’t commit to Orlando Pro Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "This year’s Pro Bowl was more successful than usual, due in part to a sold-out crowd in Orlando and an inexplicably successful effort (fueled by Ray Lewis) to get the players to cast aside their best interests and risk injury by playing hard. Still, the new home of the game won’t necessarily be..." January 30

  • Sold-out Pro Bowl means it surely will continue

    Pro Football Talk "From time to time, the NFL huffs and puffs about the quality of the Pro Bowl. But the Pro Bowl’s house isn’t going to be blown down any time soon. (Even though it should be.) This year, the NFL has offered standing-room only tickets at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, site of this year’s..." January 29

  • NFL and medical marijuana: A Q&A with former Eagles OL Todd Herremans

    ESPN "The conversation about marijuana's place in the NFL is heating up. Earlier this week, it was revealed that the NFL Players Association is working on a proposal that would amend the current drug policy to take a "less punitive" approach to recreational marijuana use among players, and the..." January 28

  • The Super Bowl Sex-Trafficking Myth: Is it the crisis it's cracked up to be?

    SI "Oh, man, we’re about to get robbed. That was Ryan Murphy’s thought when the two sedans ominously pulled up on either side of the car he was sitting in. From the front passenger’s seat of the Ford Fusion parked at a gas station, he breathed a sigh of resignation and reached for his wallet...." January 28

  • Mike Evans: Pro Bowl win share is enough to play hard

    NFL.com "My social studies teacher in eighth grade had a well-worn saying repeated so often in the classroom that I've never forgotten it: "Money makes the world go 'round." Mrs. Miller's message to the hormone-ravaged Pearl Jam fans in her presence was absolutely accurate, of course. So many conflicts,..." January 25

  • NFL TV viewership fumbles for the first time in 4 years

    New York Post "NFL TV viewership fell last season for the first time in four years — and you can’t blame Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for the slide. Sure, the number of people tuning into NFL games fell 14 percent through Week 9 of the 2016 season — which ended a day before Election Day — but they were..." January 24

  • Country star Luke Bryan to sing national anthem in Houston

    CBS Sports "The NFL announced Sunday that country music star Luke Bryan will perform the national anthem ahead of Super Bowl LI in Houston. Bryan, a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, will take center stage on Sunday, Feb. 5, to belt out "The..." January 22

  • NFL teams may have to jam cell signals in locker rooms

    Pro Football Talk "As the Antonio Brown Face Book Live fiasco prepares to yield to an actual football game (during which it will be “fair or not” to point out the potential social-media infraction distraction if Brown struggles), there’s a lingering question about the situation that gave rise to the..." January 22

  • Bucs add two ex-Falcons: QB Sean Renfree, OL James Stone

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs have had success in the last two seasons signing players who worked under Dirk Koetter with the Falcons -- center Joe Hawley, running backs Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith, receiver Freddie Martino -- and did so again Friday, agreeing to terms with quarterback Sean Renfree and signing..." January 21

  • Peterson wants to stay in Minny but would consider Giants, Bucs, Texans

    ESPN "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he sees himself remaining with Minnesota next season but mentioned the New York Giants, Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as teams he might consider in free agency. "I see myself in purple. A lot has to take place," Peterson said on First Take on..." January 19

  • Jets Interested In QB Mike Glennon?

    Pro Football Rumors "The Jets quarterback situation figures to be one of the more noteworthy positional quandaries in the league this offseason, but the club may already have their eyes on one potential target. The “word on the street” is that Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon will receive interest from New York..." January 18

  • Bo Jackson was determined to “screw” the Buccaneers

    Pro Football Talk "Former Heisman winner and two-sport star Bo Jackson raised some eyebrows when he said if he had to do it over again, he wouldn’t play football. But it was his first decision to not play football which showed his resolve as a man. In a story by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Jackson discussed..." January 14

  • Buccaneers DC Mike Smith signs extension

    Tampa Bay Times "Shortly after withdrawing his name from consideration from the San Diego, er, Los Angeles Chargers head coaching job Thursday, the Bucs made sure defensive coordinator Mike Smith was not relocating. Tampa Bay signed Smith to a contract extension, keeping the cohesiveness to a unit that showed..." January 13

  • The NFL's Drug of Choice

    Bleacher Report "They didn't ask questions. If something hurt, NFL players simply stepped in line behind dozens of others waiting for the same drug. One by one, for years, players have taken a shot of Toradol to the rear or swallowed the drug in pill form to play football on Sunday. The game-day ritual was..." January 11

  • Pacific Pro Football League for non-NFL-eligible players to debut

    ESPN "A new pro football league announced Wednesday it plans to begin hiring players in winter 2017 and staging games in summer 2018. The Pacific Pro Football League is for players who have graduated from high school but aren't in college and haven't been out for three years in order to make..." January 11

  • Super Bowl ad spending for first 51 years totals almost $5 billion

    Awful Announcing "The Super Bowl is an event where the ads are almost as important as the game. Over the years, attention to the commercials has grown to the point where you can preview them on YouTube and other sites before the Big Game. Because the Super Bowl draws the year’s biggest television audience, it’s no..." January 11

  • Mike Smith emerging as “top guy” in Jacksonville search

    Pro Football Talk "At a time when most coaching searches are skewing toward young offensive minds, the Jaguars may end up hiring a defensive coordinator who previously served as head coach of the Falcons. Amid plenty of chatter that Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith could be the next coach of the Jags,..." January 09

  • Bucs sign Derel Walker after prolific run in CFL

    Pro Football Talk "One spot the Buccaneers will be looking to upgrade before next season is their group of receivers alongside Mike Evans and one of their first moves of the offseason was directed at doing that by adding a player with experience playing with Evans. Derel Walker was the second-leading receiver..." January 06

  • Chargers Interview Mike Smith for Head Coaching Job

    NBC San Diego "The Chargers on Thursday announced the first person to interview for the top spot was Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith. Smith was among a short list of defensive-minded candidates rumored to be under consideration by the Bolts. Other likely contenders included Matt..." January 06

  • Chris Berman stepping down from ESPN NFL studio role

    Larry Brown Sports "Sundays are going to look and feel a lot different at ESPN next fall, as longtime broadcaster Chris Berman is stepping down from his current in the network’s NFL studio. ESPN announced on Thursday that Berman will no longer be hosting ESPN’s NFL studio programming following the playoffs. He..." January 05

  • Warren Sapp being sued for allegedly body-slamming actress Paula Trickey

    Larry Brown Sports "Warren Sapp has dealt with several issues in his personal life over the past few years, and he can now add being sued by an actress to that list. According to a lawsuit obtained by Jose Lambiet of the Miami Herald, Sapp is being sued by Paula Trickey for an alleged incident that took place..." January 05

  • NFL TV viewership dropped an average of 8 percent this season

    ESPN "Broadcasters of NFL games saw television viewership drop by an average of 8 percent for the 2016 regular season, as a typical game was watched by 1.4 million fewer people than last season (16.5 million versus 17.9 million), according to league data obtained by ESPN. Prime-time broadcasts were..." January 05

  • It's no joke: A barista and a farmer walk into a Vegas sportsbook, and come out with $1.2 million

    Covers.com "So, a barista and a farmer walk into the Las Vegas Superbook… It sounds like the setup for a great joke, right? Well, it’s no joke, although the barista and the farmer are now laughing all the way to the bank. That’s because the two finished No. 1-2 in the prestigious SuperContest, the..." January 05

  • Buccaneers should re-sign free agent WR Vincent Jackson

    Fanrag Sports "One of the wishes the Buccaneers had for the 2016 season was to get one more good year of out three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Like the wish the Buccaneers had of making the playoffs for the first time in nine years, it was a wish that didn’t come true. For the second year..." January 04

  • Agent's Take: 10 NFL stars who could be in different uniforms in 2017

    CBS Sports "A player getting released because his performance doesn't justify his salary is a way of life in the NFL, where contracts aren't fully guaranteed. When a player is released or traded, the remaining proration of the salary components that are treated like signing bonus immediately accelerate into..." January 04

  • Finalists for 2017 Hall of Fame class include LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Brian Dawkins

    ESPN "First-year eligibles LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor and Brian Dawkins are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also making the finals are Morten Andersen, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin..." January 04

  • 'Hard Knocks' 2017: Which teams are eligible for this year's HBO show?

    Sporting News "HBO's "Hard Knocks," a well-produced show that gives fans get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of training camp, is a popular series. There's always intrigue before the show starts in the summer, as producers must first select a team for the season. The league in 2013 mandated..." January 03

  • Jaguars to interview Bucs coordinator Mike Smith

    Pro Football Talk "The Jaguars aren’t focusing on one side of the ball in their search for a new head coach. According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith will interview for the Jaguars vacancy. Smith had an impressive 66-46 record as head coach of the Falcons,..." January 02