Buccaneers Rumors & News

  • Semifinalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2016 class

    NFL.com "The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 was trimmed down to 25 on Tuesday during NFL Network's Gold Jacket Semifinalists special. The original field of 108 nominees and these selections will be cut to 15 in early January. The group of semifinalists includes 22 players and three coaches,..." November 25

  • What are the worst calls by referees this season? Here are our top five

    Yahoo! Sports "Super Bowl 50, billed as a celebration of a half-century of what has become the pinnacle sporting event in the Western Hemisphere, was marred — before the game ever started — on an obscure automatic coin toss loss by the Carolina Panthers for sending too many captains (teams are allowed six) out..." November 25

  • Give Smith Credit For Improved Defense And Making Bucs Relevant Again

    Pewter Report "When the Glazers made Lovie Smith the team’s head coach in 2014 he said he wanted to make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers relevant again. A 2-14 record after going heavy in free agency with a lot of veteran additions was a huge surprise, and a big setback for Smith and general manager Jason Licht. The..." November 24

  • Keeping hot RB Martin off free-agent market a Bucs priority

    Tampa Tribune "The Bucs had a $4.3-million decision to make regarding RB Doug Martin last offseason, and at the time it was an easy one. After watching Martin struggle through two difficult seasons, the Bucs opted not to pick up the $5.6-million, fifth-year option on his contract, leaving him with a $1.3..." November 24

  • NFL Targets Massive Payday in Thursday Night TV Deal

    The Hollywood Reporter "One of the last big sports rights opportunities for several years is about to become available to TV networks. The NFL's Thursday Night Football — which for the past two seasons has aired on CBS via one-year deals — is generating intense interest as the league is likely to extend the length of the..." November 23

  • Kwon Alexander appealing PED suspension, but says it’s his fault

    Pro Football Talk "Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander has emerged as a playmaker on a defense that’s getting better this year. And though missing four games will be hard for the team and him financially, he accepted the responsibility for his actions. Alexander is reportedly facing a four-game suspension for..." November 23

  • Facing suspension, Bucs' Kwon Alexander accepts responsibility

    Tampa Bay Times "Lost in the excitement of the Bucs' 45-17 win at the Eagles was news Sunday morning that rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander is facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Alexander said he is appealing the pending suspension and will..." November 23

  • Jameis Winston, Doug Martin power Bucs to win over Eagles

    Tampa Bay Times "Behind record-setting days from Jameis Winston and Doug Martin, the Bucs are back at .500 (5-5) after a 45-17 rout of the Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Martin rushed for 235 yards — second-most in team history and second-most ever against the Eagles — and Winston tied an NFL..." November 22

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins will miss another game today vs. Eagles due to lingering shoulder injury, per source.

  • Vincent Jackson expected to play vs. Eagles

    Pro Football Talk "After three weeks, Vincent Jackson is back. Jackson, the Buccaneers’ receiver who has been battling a knee injury, is expected to play today, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Jackson is officially listed as questionable." November 22

  • Bucs QB Jameis Winston ties NFL rookie record with 5 TD passes

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston tied the NFL record for passing touchdowns in a single game by a rookie with five against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Winston connected with five different receivers on scoring plays during his record-setting afternoon. The other rookie..." November 22

  • Bucs LB Kwon Alexander faces 4-game PED suspension

    Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the possibility of losing rookie middle linebacker Kwon Alexander to a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, a league source told The Tampa Tribune. The Bucs are expected to receive a letter from the league office on..." November 22

  • Jameis Winston threatens to sue CNN over rape documentary

    Washington Post "Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has threatened legal action against CNN if the network continues with its plans to air “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about college campus rapes. The documentary, which is set to air Nov. 22, accuses Winston of rape. The Hollywood Reporter..." November 22

  • Buccaneers' Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Not expected to play

    CBS Sports "Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) still isn't healthy and won't be ready for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports. " November 20

  • WR Jackson (knee) to be game-time decision for Bucs

    Tampa Tribune "Two days of limited activity in practice apparently wasn’t enough for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Sidelined by a knee injury the last three games, Jackson spent a little extra time working out after practice Friday, possibly in preparation for a return to the lineup..." November 20

  • Report: 2016 NFL Draft to allow trades for compensatory picks

    Sportsnaut "The NFL is reportedly considering an exciting new twist to the 2016 NFL Draft. Prior to the upcoming draft in Chicago, compensatory draft picks were off the table for any potential trades. However, the league is expected to allow them to be part of the trade equation this spring, which ESPN’s..." November 19

  • Buccaneers Waive S D.J. Swearinger & LB Orie Lemon

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Buccaneers have placed LB Orie Lemon and S D.J. Swearinger on waivers Tuesday, according to Greg Auman. Swearinger, 23, is a former second-round pick of the Texans out of South Carolina back in 2013. He still has two years remaining on his four-year, $3.49 million rookie contract, which..." November 17

  • NFL likely to charge $500M-$600M relocation fee for move to LA

    CBS Sports "It's not going to be cheap to move to Los Angeles. If the Rams, Raiders or Chargers make the move to Los Angeles in 2016, it's going to cost them some serious money. According to the Sports Business Journal, the NFL is going to charge a relocation fee of at least $500 million to any team that's..." November 16

  • Bucs Extend Cowboys’ Skid to 7 Games With 10-6 Win

    Pewter Report "A season-long nemesis ended up bailing Tampa Bay out Sunday. Miserable groans suddenly turned to roaring cheers at Raymond James Stadium, all thanks to one yellow flag. Down 6-3 but in position to take a late lead, quarterback Jameis Winston bolted through the middle of the pocket. Problem..." November 15

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is not expected to play today, source said. He hasn't been cleared for contact, yet so may be a few more...

  • Bucs' Winston continues to impress coaches and vets on field and off

    CBS Sports "Tampa Bay rookie quarterback Jameis Winston is having a fine season that has gone largely overlooked while displaying strong leadership qualities with how he is conducting himself on field and off to this point. Specifically, his all-football approach to the Buccaneers' recent bye week has..." November 15

  • Bucs to play without WR Jackson, DE Smith, G Marpet

    Tampa Bay Times "Three Bucs players -- WR Vincent Jackson (knee), DE Jacquies Smith (ankle) and G Ali Marpet (ankle) -- were again held out of practice Friday and have been ruled out Sunday's game against the Cowboys. Safety D.J. Swearinger, out since last week with a toe injury, didn't practice Friday and is..." November 13

  • Bucs’ Mike Evans leads NFL with 10 dropped passes

    Tampa Tribune "The official tabulations have been done and the results are in. Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans officially doubled down on the number of passes he’s dropped this year when he dropped five during the Bucs 32-18 loss to the Giants last week, according to..." November 12

  • NFL officials in Mexico City, seeing if it’s ready for 2016 game

    Pro Football Talk "As the NFL continues to expand its inventory in England, they’re also looking at games outside our borders but on our continent. According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, a group of league officials will be in Mexico City through Wednesday, trying to determine if Azteca Stadium is prepared..." November 10

  • Giants offense does its part late in win over Tampa Bay

    New York Daily News "The Giants defense did its part. It was time for the offense to finally do its part, too. That was no guarantee in a game that was a bit of a struggle for the Giants’ supposedly high-octane offense. But given the ball back by their defense with five minutes remaining, the Giants did what they..." November 09

  • Frustrated Gerald McCoy: 'I have to do more. I understand that.'

    Tampa Bay Times "Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy left the locker room following the Bucs' 32-18 loss to the New York Giants Sunday night after declining to speak to reporters for probably the first time in his Pro Bowl career. McCoy, who has four tackles and no sacks in his last three games, two of them defeats,..." November 09

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    Scott Smith @ScottSBucs

    G Ali Marpet has an ankle injury and his return is questionable.

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    Scott Smith @ScottSBucs

    S Bradley McDougald will not return to the game. He has a concussion.

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, listed as Q for today vs. Giants, unlikely to play, though coaches want to test him pregame, per source.

  • Bucs RBs Martin, Sims on pace for rare accomplishment

    Tampa Tribune "The pantheon dedicated to football’s greatest running back tandems is not an expansive one. With two hands you can count the duos that have been truly dynamic. Buccaneers running backs Doug Martin and Charles Sims are not on the cusp of joining that rare breed of backs, but they are on pace to..." November 05

  • Smartphone Breathalyzer Company Ranks the Drunkest NFL Fanbases (Congrats, Buffalo!)

    Complex "Ever wonder which NFL fanbases get the drunkest while watching their respective teams play? Thanks to the folks at BacTRACK -- a company that sells smartphone breathalyzers -- we may have the answer. Using data collected by BacTRACK during the first seven Sundays of the NFL season, and dividing..." November 04

  • Bucs place Clinton McDonald on injured reserve

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers will be trying to get to .500 against the Giants in Week Nine, but they’ll have to do it without the help of defensive tackle Clinton McDonald. McDonald has been placed on injured reserve due to the pectoral injury he suffered in the team’s Week Seven loss to the Redskins...." November 03

  • After loss of brother, Alexander plays Bucs' starring role with a heavy heart

    ESPN "Kwon Alexander excelled for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in their upset win over the Atlanta Falcons, and the rookie linebacker did it with the heaviest of hearts less than 48 hours after his 17-year-old brother was killed. After leading the Bucs with a game-high 11 tackles and assists and..." November 02

  • Defense holds as Bucs pull surprising 23-20 victory over Falcons

    Tampa Tribune "The defense held. At the end of the day, even when it seemed as if the coach didn’t think it could, even when there was little reason to believe it would, the defense held. “That’s how it’s supposed to be,’’ Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. “You get an opportunity to finish a game..." November 02

  • Doug Martin won’t be traded

    Pro Football Talk "Last year, the Buccaneers were exploring the possibility of trading 2012 first-round running back Doug Martin. Then he suffered an ankle injury, and that was that. This year, as Martin works through the last year of his rookie contract, a trade is even less likely. Per a league source with..." November 02

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    Greg Auman @gregauman

    Bucs say Will Gholston has a knee injury, return is questionable.

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Bucs will be without WR Vincent Jackson (knee) and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) – both listed as doubtful – against Falcons today.

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    Greg Auman @gregauman

    Here's Bucs final injury report for Falcons game: only DT Tony McDaniel and OT Reid Fragel officially listed as out. pic.twitter.com/5ggXSkmjIg

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Bucs WR Vincent Jackson, who injured his knee last Sunday, is not expected to play this week, source says.

  • NFL could change personal conduct discipline without CBA extension

    CBS Sports "Lost amid the actual football on the field is the ongoing lawsuit between Tom Brady and the NFL. The league lamented in its appeal filing Monday the "unfathomable" and "inexplicable" decision by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman to vacate Brady's suspension. All of this further underlines the..." October 27

  • Redskins stun Buccaneers 31-30 after biggest comeback in team history

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The Redskins pulled off the biggest comeback in their history, battling back from 24-0 down to beat the Bucs 31-30. Kirk Cousins was very shaky in the first half and getting booed as the Redskins were unable to move the ball as the Bucs were building their lead. But he came back in the second..." October 26

  • Bucs fear Louis Murphy tore his ACL

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers lost to the Redskins on Sunday after holding a 24-0 lead in the first half of the game and they also believe they lost one of their wide receivers for the season. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Buccaneers think Louis Murphy suffered a torn ACL when he hurt..." October 26

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    Greg Auman @gregauman

    Bucs list TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, DT Tony McDaniel and OT Reid Fragel as out for Sunday's game at the Redskins ...

  • Cowboys reclaim title of America's favorite NFL team

    The Score "The Dallas Cowboys are once again America's favorite NFL team. After dropping to fourth place in 2014, the Cowboys reclaimed the top spot in the annual Harris Poll, which surveyed 2,368 U.S. adults from Sept. 9-17 to determine the most popular NFL franchises. The Green Bay Packers and New..." October 23

  • NFL teams may cut ties to fantasy sites amid inquiries

    Boston Globe "The US attorney’s office in Boston has subpoenaed DraftKings Inc., seeking information about whether one of its employees had inside information that helped him win a fantasy sports contest on a competitor’s site, according to two people familiar with the federal investigation. The inquiry is..." October 23

  • NFLPA files grievance against NFL teams for use of sleep-monitoring devices

    Sporting News "The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance against the NFL and its 32 teams, saying the use of sleep-monitoring devices is a violation of the collective bargaining agreement. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith issued a memo to players Thursday. In the memo, acquired by USA Today,..." October 23

  • Bucs HC Impressed With Winston’s Mobility

    Pewter Report "No one will be confusing Jameis Winston with world-class sprinter Usain Bolt anytime soon. Okay, at any point ever. Winston ran a 4.97 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in February, while Marcus Mariota clocked in at 4.52 and in the eyes of many, the former Seminole was made to look relatively..." October 22

  • Doug Martin Would Like to Be Called "Dougernaut," Not "Muscle Hamster"

    The Big Lead "Doug Martin hates the nickname “Muscle Hamster” that was bestowed on him at Boise State. He’s been trying since his rookie year in 2012 to get it to go away, when he said: “It has to be the worst nickname ever. I can’t shake it. It started in college, started back in Boise, with our linemen. I..." October 22

  • Will a team play two games in London next season?

    NFL.com "The International Series will continue this weekend when the Bills and Jaguars meet at London's Wembley Stadium. As the festivities surrounding that matchup ramp up, the NFL continues to look at ways to grow the enterprise. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Wednesday that the NFL is exploring..." October 22

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    Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD

    #Bucs RT Demar Dotson, being able to practice today after spending six weeks on IR-designated to return (knee): “I’m excited about it...''