Player News - Buccaneers

Date: Team: Pos:

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports the Dolphins could have interest in free agent MLB Mason Foster.

Foster would be a fallback plan should the Dolphins not land free agent ILB David Harris. 26-year-old Foster is five years younger than Harris but has been far less productive since being the No. 84 pick in the 2011 draft. He can't cover and has been weak against the run despite being billed as a downhill thumper. Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey knows Foster from his Tampa days.
Feb 25 - 8:44 AM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports that the "feeling in league circles" is that the Bucs could fetch as much as a third-round pick for Mike Glennon.

A third-round pick would be fair for a 25 year old with 18 career starts, even if Glennon has proven to be a backup-worthy talent. The state of the quarterback position is fairly dire across the league, and Glennon would provide competence if nothing else. The Bucs have methodically tried to increase Glennon's trade value, talking him up at every turn.
Feb 24 - 6:15 PM

ESPN Browns reporter Jeremy Fowler reports the team has "at least sniffed around on" Bucs QB Mike Glennon.

Fowler's report comes via two league sources. Fowler adds that the Browns haven't made any formal offers for the 2013 third-rounder. The Browns are hosting Josh McCown for a visit on Tuesday, and getting their post-Brian Hoyer ducks in a row. The team clearly has zero faith in Johnny Manziel.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 24 - 5:30 PM

The Browns have discussed adding free agent DE Adrian Clayborn.

Clayborn's name came up at the Combine last week. A torn biceps cost him most of last season, which actually could work in Cleveland's favor if Clayborn's asking price falls. ESPN Browns reporter Jeremy Fowler sees him as a fit at left end opposite Desmond Bryant in Cleveland's 3-4 defense.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 23 - 4:48 PM

Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer believes the Bengals would be open to a reunion with RE Michael Johnson if Tampa Bay releases him.

This makes sense as Cincinnati needs defensive line help and the Buccaneers are trying to stay under the salary cap. Tampa Bay has a history of throwing in the towel early, dumping Darrelle Revis last offseason and more recently cutting veteran Josh McCown. Recurring ankle woes were partly to blame for Johnson's underwhelming 2014 campaign (four sacks in 14 games).
Feb 22 - 9:48 AM

Bucs GM Jason Licht stated at the Combine that Vincent Jackson will stay with the team in 2015.

The Buccaneers are rebuilding and Jackson is 32 with a $9.78 million salary. It was natural to guess the Bucs might consider parting ways. Instead, Licht stated V-Jax will "absolutely" stay in Tampa Bay. The sides still plan to meet in Indianapolis. Jackson may still be asked to restructure, perhaps by converting some of his salary into incentives he can earn back via performance.
Feb 18 - 2:57 PM

Bucs GM Jason Licht said LG Logan Mankins remains in the team's plans for 2015.

Mankins, 33 next month, was acquired from the Patriots last August and started all 16 games, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 9 left guard. His future was in question due to a $7 million cap charge that the Bucs can get out from under without a dead-money hit. Tampa Bay is in fine shape against the cap, however, and has much bigger issues to tackle than Mankins.
Feb 18 - 11:59 AM

Coach Lovie Smith and GM Jason Licht threw support behind Mike Glennon at the NFL Combine on Wednesday.

"We like Mike Glennon," Licht said. "We want him to be a part of our future. We like Mike Glennon a lot." The Bucs are doing everything they can to drive up Glennon's trade value. "Mike Glennon can be a quarterback that plays at a high level in the league," added Smith. Besides something named "Seth Lobato," Glennon's the only quarterback on Tampa's roster at the moment. Despite talking up Glennon, Licht and Smith weren't afraid to discuss both Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota on Wednesday. The Bucs are a near-lock to take a quarterback at No. 1.
Feb 18 - 11:33 AM

Based on conversations with multiple NFL executives, Bleacher Report's Jason Cole expects the Buccaneers to ask Vincent Jackson to take a pay cut.

Cole foresees a potential "glut" of wideouts either restructuring or hitting the free agent market, including V-Jax, Percy Harvin, Mike Wallace, and Brandon Marshall. Jackson turned 32 years old last month and is owed a $9.8 million base salary. If he doesn't accept a pay cut, he could be released.
Feb 12 - 1:19 PM

Pewter Report says the Bucs would have to receive at least a fourth-round pick to even consider trading QB Mike Glennon.

The Bucs are gearing up to draft a quarterback, either Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston. Glennon's sophomore campaign yielded mixed results; his QB rating stayed about the same but his completion rate fell under 58 percent. According to beat writer Scott Reynolds, Tampa Bay would be "ecstatic" to receive a second-round pick for Glennon, but would probably settle for a third- or fourth-rounder. The Browns, Bills, Jets, Texans, Rams, Bears, Redskins and Titans are all in the market for a quarterback.
Feb 9 - 10:31 AM

The Tampa Bay Times expects the Bucs to release P Michael Koenen.

Koenen was signed to a six-year, $19.5 million deal in 2011. He'll be an easy cut after being one of the worst punters in the league the last two seasons. The Bucs will save $3.3 million by releasing Koenen.
Feb 7 - 7:03 PM

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back) is back at 100 percent.

ASJ missed the final three games of the season, spending the final two on injured reserve. "It’s feeling awesome — so much better since the end of the season," ASJ said. "By being put on (injured reserve) I got a chance to rest, so it’s feeling great again." Already singled out for praise by new OC Dirk Koetter, ASJ will be on the radar as a TE1 breakout candidate in 2015.
Feb 5 - 3:05 PM

The Bucs coaching staff is reportedly high on Charles Sims.

We heard a lot of this talk last year, but Sims only averaged 10.6 touches in his eight rookie appearances and averaged a brutal 2.80 YPC. Although the Lovie Smith regime inherited Doug Martin, they continued to use him as their primary early-down runner when healthy. There will be plenty of speculation about the Bucs cutting Martin and riding with Sims, but the more likely scenario is a thunder-and-lightning kind of timeshare. Sims was drafted to be the passing back.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 5 - 10:27 AM

The Tampa Tribune's Roy Cummings labels Jacquies Smith as the Bucs' "best" defensive end.

Smith (6-foot-2, 260) entered the league with the Dolphins as a 2012 UDFA out of Missouri. He bounced from the Dolphins to the Jets to the Bills from 2012-2013, appearing in zero games. The Bucs claimed Smith off waivers last September, and he ended up starting seven games for Tampa Bay. He finished second on the team with 6.5 sacks. He'll likely get the first crack at the left end job.
Feb 4 - 11:20 AM

NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp was arrested in Phoenix at 7AM on Monday morning for allegedly soliciting a prostitute.

He was also arrested for assault and taken into custody at a hotel in Downtown Phoenix. Sapp's bio has been subsequently removed from NFL.com's "On-Air Talent" section of the website. Sapp was in Arizona covering the Super Bowl for NFL Network. This is Sapp's third known arrest since 2010.
Source: TMZ.com
Feb 2 - 3:47 PM


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