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Buccaneers signed WR Louis Murphy to a three-year contract extension through 2017.

Murphy was set to become a free agent in March. In his first season with Tampa Bay, he caught 31 balls for 380 yards and two touchdowns behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson before being placed on I.R. with an ankle injury. It must not be very serious. With Jackson's future up in the air with the Bucs, Murphy could potentially see an increased offensive role opposite Evans in 2015.
Dec 26 - 9:46 AM

The Bucs are expected to prioritize extending WLB Lavonte David's contract this offseason.

David is scheduled for free agency in 2016, but the Bucs could get a better deal by extending him before he gets close to the market. Turning 25 in January, David is arguably the best 4-3 weak-side linebacker in football.
Dec 26 - 12:32 AM

The Bucs will clinch the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft if they lose to the Saints Sunday.

The Tampa Bay Times has worked out all the math surrounding the tiebreakers and determined that the Bucs control their own destiny here in their "battle" with the Titans. It gets a little tricky this week though, as they're at home facing a Saints team that will have a hard time finding motivation after getting knocked out of the playoffs by the Falcons last week. The Titans take on the Colts. Either way, the Bucs have locked up one of the top-two picks and will likely spend it on a quarterback -- either Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston.
Dec 23 - 8:53 AM

Charles Sims caught three passes for 30 yards in Week 16 against the Packers.

Sims had just four carries behind Doug Martin, but continued to play in pass situations. His biggest play was an 18-yard screen pass at the end of the first half. The Bucs will close out the regular season against the Saints in Week 17.
Dec 21 - 5:22 PM

Vincent Jackson caught three passes for 60 yards in Week 16 against the Packers.

Jackson saw six targets, behind only Mike Evans. His highlight was a 40-yard back-shoulder catch in second quarter. Jackson will take a 69/991/2 line into Week 17 against the Saints.
Dec 21 - 5:14 PM

Mike Evans was held to 49 yards on four catches in Week 16 against the Packers.

Evans was held in check by Packers CB Tramon Williams. He finished with a team-high seven targets, but didn't get any red-zone chances this week. The Bucs will close out the season against the Saints in Week 17.
Dec 21 - 5:10 PM

Doug Martin had 10 carries for 17 yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Packers.

Martin continued to get the majority of early down work, with Charles Sims playing in pass situations. He wasn't able to build off last week's game against the Panthers. The Bucs abandoned the run in the second half, and were held to just 163 yards of total offense. Martin has a matchup against the Saints in Week 17.
Dec 21 - 5:04 PM

Josh McCown completed 12-of-26 passes for 147 yards and an interception in the Bucs' Week 16 loss to the Packers.

McCown led the Bucs to four three-and-outs and negative yards on the first six possessions. He was sacked seven times, with his interception coming on an attempted shovel pass to Charles Sims to end the game. The Bucs will close out the season against Saints.
Dec 21 - 4:33 PM

Bucs FS Dashon Goldson (shin) is active for Week 16 against the Packers.

Goldson was limited in practice this week, but will play despite being listed as questionable. The Bucs inactives are WR Robert Herron, RB Mike James, WR Solomon Patton, CB Isaiah Frey, OT Anthony Collins, DL Lawrence Sidbury, and TE/FB Evan Rodriguez.
Dec 21 - 11:32 AM

Bucs placed S Major Wright (ribs) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Wright finishes 2014 with 51 tackles over 12 games (seven starts). Bradley McDougald will continue to replace him at strong safety. The Bucs promoted CB C.J. Wilson in a corresponding move.
Dec 20 - 4:05 PM

Bucs signed DE Lawrence Sidbury.

Sidbury was a 2009 fourth-round pick of the Falcons. He racked up five sacks across 48 career games with Atlanta from 2009-2012. He didn't play at all in 2013 or the first 15 weeks of 2014. Sidbury will bring up the rear of Tampa'a bench.
Dec 17 - 11:51 AM

Bucs placed WR Louis Murphy on injured reserve with an ankle injury, ending his season.

The severity of Murphy's injury is unknown, but even a minor ailment would land him on I.R. with only two games remaining. Signed off the street in September after being cut loose following training camp, Murphy went on to be reasonably productive as the Bucs' No. 3 receiver, posting a 31/380/2 line across 11 games. Going on 28, he'll fight for someone's final receiver spot in 2015.
Dec 15 - 3:30 PM

Bucs placed TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins on injured reserve with a back injury, ending his season.

ASJ had been sidelined since Week 12. It's a disappointing end to a disappointing rookie season, but ASJ's injury is not considered serious. He was just running out of time to return with only two games left. ASJ caught 21 passes for 221 yards and two scores across nine games, committing myriad mental errors along the way. He remains an intriguing long-term prospect, however, and is a definite hold in dynasty formats. A mountainous 6-foot-6, 262 pounds with 4.56 speed, ASJ doesn't turn 23 until September.
Dec 15 - 3:23 PM

Bucs placed DT Gerald McCoy on injured reserve with a sprained knee, ending his season.

The bad news is that McCoy's "hyperextension" has been upgraded to a sprain, but the good news is that he doesn't need surgery. McCoy will likely be back to 100 percent health sometime in the next 4-6 weeks. The No. 3 overall pick of the 2010 draft has had a beastly season, logging 35 tackles and 8.5 sacks. He's graded out as the No. 2 overall defensive tackle in Pro Football Focus' ratings. McCoy has had trouble with injures in the past, but will head into the offseason having suited up for 45 of Tampa's past 48 games.
Dec 15 - 3:10 PM

Bucs WR Louis Murphy (ankle) is in a walking boot.

It's not a good sign for Murphy's Week 16 status. The Bucs' No. 3 receiver was held without a catch on Sunday, and has just 31 grabs across 11 games.
Dec 15 - 2:55 PM


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